Friday, January 29, 2016
Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
Another fiction book review today. I just haven't been able to find nonfiction books right now that I'm interested in reading.
Anyway, I generally like Tracie's style of writing though they tend to be a little on the light side of things. This is the story of a little boy who witnessed his mother's murder and was warned by the murderer to not say a word or his whole family would be killed. The boy stops talking from then on. The dad is accused of being the murderer but there isn't sufficient evidence to charge him. Then, of course, the dad hires a nanny to hopefully help the boy talk again and they fall in love with each other, yada yada.
The element of intrigue is the killer is still on the loose and attacks again, but of course they catch him.
So what did I like about the book? Or what can I take away from the book and be inspired by? One thing is the acceptance of the mentally challenged people in the world. Harry, was a 21 year old with the mind of a 7 year old. He is accepted for who he is and encouraged that he is not an idiot, he is not stupid, he has a lot to give. I'm guessing in that era, that kind of a mind set was a little more unusual, but it does show some of the business owners in town also taking time for the boy and encouraging him.
It is so easy to see the person who's is intellectually challenged either autistic or a chromosome issue or whatever and focus on the external, what you can see, rather than on reaching out to them and loving them and seeing how special they really are. I know I can definitely do better in this.
I did enjoy the book. It flipped from person to person and I wasn't always sure the days lined up like they should have, but I didn't study it out either so maybe they did.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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