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. **
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.