Treha Langsam is a young woman with a past she cannot remember, and a future looming with uncertainty. Borrowing the stories of others because she cannot remember her childhood, she has no one to fill in the empty spaces of her life. Living alone and barely making ends meet, she struggles on a daily basis to be a part of a world she cannot understand.
The only thing that makes her somewhat a part of normal society is the fact that she can bring the elderly from the world of their minds to return to some clarity and clear thinking. But there are some people who do not understand Treha's gift and will do everything in their power to make her just go away. When one of the residents of Desert Gardens Retirement Home in Arizona provides a vital clue to the past, will one of Treha's few friends, Miriam, be able to help her find her family? Or will the truth die along with the same man who is the answer with what is physically wrong with Treha?
And finally a heroine that isn't stick skinny perfect, with the most beautiful eyes you've ever seen, or some other such flawless or stunning characteristic. Treha is real in the pages of this book, for Fabry has made a fictional someone we can believe in, cheer on, and can almost believe that she is as alive as we are. This is the kind of book that reminds you of the best movie you've ever seen, except so much better. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are in life; Treha's story will change how you see the elderly, the "not quite right" from society, and those who we tend to think are beneath us based on appearance. This novel will open your eyes to things you have never seen before, and make you see in a whole new light.
This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion.
Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman 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?
The elderly characters are very believable and well-written. I had a little trouble understanding the character of Treha. I believe that it is just because she is an unusual character and I've never known anyone like her, not a problem with the writing. The development of the story seems to be a little slow at the beginning. By the time I finished I realized that it is just because the author took time to do an in-depth development.
I did struggle with the inserted sections that were script-like for the documentary crew. This felt very uneven and it seemed to distract me from the story. This is the problem that kept me from giving this book the full 5 stars.
I do recommend reading this book. It takes a good look at what life has become for many elderly people, as well as others who are different from most people.
Do you know the feeling of receiving a gift for birthday or Christmas, opening it, and realizing it wasn't what you expected yet it exceeded what you wanted and hoped for? That is, in essence, how this book affected me.
The main character and the setting, upon reading the blurb, did not initially hold a lot of interest for me. But I know and appreciate the writing of Chris Fabry. As the story unfolded, along with its unique structuring, I was struck with the, "WOW, what a story," feeling.
It was so worth the reading.
My husband read this aloud to me while we daily commuted to work. I wasn't sure initially if the story and its main character would hold his attention. It did. And as much as we have loved previous books by Chris Fabry, my husband said this is his best so far.
Every Waking Moment highlights the value of every life and the potential of all life to be a force for good in this world. Enough said. Read this book and receive eternal blessings. You will gain a new perspective on life from its beginning to its natural end. That makes it sound like it could be some kind of overt prolife book. It's not. But subtly it gently reminds the reader of what great purposes God may have for those who the average Joe and Jill might write off as being of lesser value than other people.
I received this valuable book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review after reading it.
It's nice to open up a familiar author's book and feel right at home with their work and get pulled into the plot of the story, not wanting to put it down, especially when you get to the last 50 pages. Christ Fabry hasn't failed me yet. I have enjoyed Junebug, Dogwood, and Almost Heaven, but this time it was Every Waking Moment that captivated me and left me longing for another book by this author to pick right back up.
This story surrounds the story of Treha Langsam, a mysterious young women, strange and unique in her own way, with a past that will soon come to light. She has an extraordinary gift, which is noticed by Miriam Howard, the director of the Desert Gardens assisted-living facility. Treha is a whisperer of sorts that can call back 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 and discovers much about her past, she has to tackle the question: if this is as good as life gets, is that enough?
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman working with the elderly at Desert Gardens. She is quiet, does not smile, and shows no emotion, yet she can touch someones life and bring them out of their dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity. The people that see Treha bring an elderly person back to clarity believe she has beautiful gift. Treha does not remember much from her past
and has no idea as to how she learned to use this precious gift. A documentary team gathering stories from the elderly stumbles onto Treha's story and the search for her past begins. Treha and those who love her begin tackling difficult questions as they search for her past. What is the story behind this mysterious yet remarkable young lady and are the answers worth finding out?
When I first began reading Every Waking Moment I had an extremely difficult time getting into the story and thought maybe I would not make it to the last chapter. But the further I progressed in the book the more my attention was grabbed by Treha's story until I was in love with this dear young lady. Here you have a woman who struggles with certain issues in life yet she continues to push through the difficulties to find the answers. Treha is a real woman with real problems just like you and me and she learns to cope and deal with each difficult step.
Chris Fabry writes a wonderful book about blessed hope and sweet redemption. The first thing that stood out to me was the fact that Chris wrote about salvation through Jesus Christ within the first 2 chapters. That shows to me what is important to this author and I greatly appreciated this. When I was almost to the middle of the book I was encouraged by what he wrote in the 18th chapter:
"How did you learn so much about the Bible?" "Only one way to learn and that's to open and read it. Ask questions. Listen to others who know it better than you do. And stay away from people who think they have God figured out or who say they know the code. You come to the Bible humbly and admit you don't know everything - that's the key."
The book may have been slow for me in the beginning, but it sure did have an incredible ending and I would definitely recommend this book. There are many lessons and good values to learn from Every Waking Moment.
** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **