I almost gave this book four stars because by the end of the book it did redeem it self a bit. Every Waking Moment started out slow. If you can get through the first hundred pages then you will be fine.
This is my first time reading a Chris Fabry book. Based on this book I look forward to reading more. Treha's story was fascinating. I have never read a story like hers before, which was refreshing.
One thing that I did love about the book was the ending. No I won't reveal it but I did like how things were left at the end. There was still room to grow and the journey wasn't over. Kind of like real life. I would definitely say read this book. It's story and style is not something seen too often in Christian Fiction. Looking forward to reading more.
I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
"I received this book from Tyndale publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
"Treha Langsam is a mysterious young women who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens. But Miriam Howard, director of the assisted-living facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity.
When a documentary team stumbles onto Treha's story, her gift is discovered and the search for answers about her past begins. As the truth slowly unravels, Treha and those around her must each tackle a difficult question: if this is as good as life gets, is that enough?
With authentic characterizations and riveting prose, bestselling author Chris Fabry delivers an uplifting, human tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift."
All I can say is "Wow"! I have to admit, I was kind of hesitant on requesting this book, simply because I thought it would be boring and that I would lose interest, but something about the story intrigued me and I went ahead and requested it. But from the moment I read the first page, I knew that "boring" was the completely wrong word for Every Waking Moment!
There was lots of mystery throughout the chapters, as well as humor, that had me constantly wondering what happened next and kept me turning the pages. The characters were all so real, and the setting described so well, I felt like I was there in every single room in every single scene.
The subplots of the story were very good and, even though some were left unanswered, they were so necessary to the storyline that they weren't really subplots. I highly, highly, highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good wholesome, Christian, tear-jerker of a book! It is a fantastic read!
Treha Langsam has a unique ability and one that works well where she is employed. She can connect with those who seem lost within themselves, victims of such illnesses like dementia and Alheimer's who rob not only the family members from being able to communicate with their loved ones but often times the loved ones who remained trapped within prisons of their own body. Treha can relate because she too is different. Judged by outside appearances of eye movements she can not control, often time society has a label of "different" that they place on her instead of simply getting to know the real person behind what the skin hides.
Perhaps this is the very reason she can connect with those elderly loved ones she helps in the Desert Garden Home. Unlike most retirement and hospice centers, the director Miriam Howard sees more that just providing a place for the elderly to live out whatever remains of their life. She believes in treating them like family and the center more like a real home. One in which they find love and acceptance and not abandonment and loneliness and Treha provides that connection to draw them out where they remained locked inside their body.
Now if only someone can find the key in which to unlock the past that remains hidden even to Treha, one that will provide to her the answers which she seeks, who she is, does she have a family out there somewhere and can someone help her physically to get better. It seems that the answers lie within one elderly patient Dr. Crenshaw who finds that sharing riddles, puzzles and word clues with Treha's unparalleled ability to solve them in record time holds the key that will unlock the door to her hidden life.
I received Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. I LOVE Chris Fabry's novels because hidden within the pages of each one is a treasure waiting to be found. I don't even have to read the book premise any longer when I know he has written another new novel because I know I will enjoy it like eating my favorite meal. It is meant to be savored because you don't get them that often so you LOVE to enjoy every single moment. This one was no exception. I love how Chris chose to incorporate a retirement home and the telling of the stories the elderly hold is exceptional and often taken for granted the stories that each one holds inside. We get a glimpse of some of those and it gives us wisdom if we are willing to listen and take the time to hear them. I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars.
I've been trying to read and review some more contemporary fiction. I've read so many pieces of historical fiction that they're all starting to seem the same to me, so I've been shaking up my reading "diet" with some other genres. I figure that that way, not only do I expose myself to other types of stories, but I'll get more enjoyment out of the historical novels that I do read. I chose this book because I had read something not that long ago by Chris Fabry (June Bug) and liked it. Every Waking Moment, for that reason, easily suggested itself as my next contemporary pick.
I freely admit that I'm more of an adventure/romance/mystery type of girl, and Every Waking Moment (aside from a little bit of mystery) doesn't have too much of that. But that doesn't mean that I disliked it. It did take me a few chapters to become interested in the story; and while I think I enjoyed it overall, it did have a few flaws. Because it was about several characters at once, I didn't really get to dive into each character's backstory (well, except Treha's) I didn't really feel like I ever got to know each character's personality very well; it was hard for many of the characters to really stand out in my mind- although I did like many of the residents of the Senior Center! I also really liked Du'Relle, and I especially loved that Treha called him Gavroche ;)
However, I was again impressed with Chris Fabry's writing, because he took a plotline that I wouldn't have otherwise have been interested in and kept my attention captured throughout the whole thing. This isn't one of my all-time favorite books, but that's simply due to my personal taste rather than the quality of the book, and it's why Every Waking Moment is getting an eight out of ten.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Every Waking Moment is the story of Treha-a young woman with an amazing gift to reach those that seem unreachable due to aging or some sort of disease such as Dementia. Treha uses her unique gift, to love the inhabitants of the Desert Gardens Retirement home. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Treha's job becomes threatened and with the help of her friends she embarks on a journey to discover the mysteries of her past.
My heart hurt for Treha as she struggled in her journey to overcome some extremely tough circumstances and reconcile some even tougher truths.
I have been a Chris Farby fan for sometime, and Every Waking Moment lives up to my expectations for his novels with well developed characters and a unique storyline. I believe that this book will reach into the heart of every reader as they follow Treha's story.
I was given a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my hones opinion