This is the fourth Chris Fabry book I've read, and it's my favorite yet. The writing was so polished, and I found the story interesting. You don't read many books where the main character is disabled and overweight. But you watch her overcome the pain of her past and develop some self-esteem. The other main characters are in a nursing home, and I really felt like I was there with all those old, forgotten people. Very sweet and insightful story for all ages to enjoy.
Every Waking Moment is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. It's a beautiful story of inner beauty. I love Treha. She has such a wonderful gift with people. I love how everything comes together and figure out how the book got its title at the end. What a great, inspiring and powerful read. It's worth every bit of 5 stars if not more.
Treha works at a nursing home. She is very gifted in getting patients who have dementia come back to life. Treha was abandoned as a child and therefore has a few issues of her own. When a documentary team comes to the nursing home, some of Treha's secrets are uncovered. This book was okay. It was a little hard to get into but it wasn't bad.
"Value people not just for the income they provide us. Value them because of the lives they have lived," says Miriam Howard. Desert Gardens is an assisted living facility where the lives of the residents, Treha - a girl with an unusual ability to connect with those with dementia, Miriam Howard - the director being forced out into retirement, Jillian Millstone - the incoming director, and Devin and Jonah - a documentary film team, are all woven together into a fascinating story.
It seems that one of the residents, Dr. Crenshaw, knows something of Treha's past - yet before she can find out about it, he becomes too ill to speak. So what are the connections between her and him? What is her background and why is she so "unusual". The mysteries abound and this story is like an onion, which needs to be peeled away layer by layer. I found myself rooting for the residents, totally disliking Ms. Millstone and only wanting Miriam to come back. I kept wanting Treha to be able to find out about her past and not have to make it up.
This book was different from the previous books that I have read by Chris Fabry - there weren't any car chase scenes or people being blown up but there were still mysteries and guns!
This book is written from various different viewpoints of individuals in the story as well as input from the documentary that was being developed. It took me a few chapters to really get into this book once I did I couldn't put it down. The chapters were great and flowed well but the input from the documentary footage was kind of like background noise with it often not having anything to do with what was going on in the story. Overall a great message about not just looking at a person from the outside but getting to know someone on the inside and seeing what great they bring to the world.