The Silent Gift, by Michael Landon, Jr.

>> Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Silent Gift is the second book I have now reviewed for Bethany House.  This story is phenomenal.  It captured my attention from the first few pages to the end.  The only flaw with it is that once you start reading, it's very hard to put down.

This book is written by Michael Landon, Jr. and Che Ahn and takes places during the Great Depression.  It centers around a deaf/mute boy, Jack, and his mother, Mary.  Mary is a tenacious young woman who fights for his son in any way she can.  Along her and Jack's life-journey, they encounter good, scary, and unjust times but they continue on.  Even though Mary feels God has abandoned them, we, as readers, see God's hand on everything that happens.

Here is an excerpt:

"Oh...Jack," she said, tears flowing down her cheeks.  He stared at her, and she pulled off her right glove.  Slowly, she reached out and touched the tip of his nose, ran her finger up the bridge and formed a heart around his face.

"I love you, little man," she whispered.

She saw it then.  The light of recognition in his eyes that told her more than words could ever say.  He smiled -wide, joyful, and stepped into her arms.

This book deals with some hard topics such as prophecy vs. fortune telling.  It will get your mind thinking, for sure.  I highly recommend this book and wouldn't be surprised if it soon becomes a Hallmark movie.

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