Resurrection in May is a story of a girl named May Seymour. After May graduates from college, she sets out on a journey that includes, loss, new friends, old friends and a search for spiritual answers. In the midst of this, she ends up on the farm of an old man named Claudius who plays a crucial part in the healing that must take place in her life. Through this journey, May encounters more than most people could imagine, but this journey transforms her life beyond what she could've ever expected.When thinking about my feelings toward this book, there are several emotions that begin to well up inside of me. First, I would have to say that this book brought forth a lot of depression and I never necessarily got much redemptive joy from it. From the title we can gather that this is supposed to be a story of resurrection, but I never felt like things really came back to life FULLY. I can't honestly say that this was a story that inspired or built my faith. In some ways it sent me into a quiet sadness filled with anything but joy. While the story had heart warming characters full of love and charm, they could not compensate for the utter sense of loss that overpowers you while you are reading and even when you finish. On a positive note, the writer's details and descriptions are exceptional and as far as her style of writing, I liked it very much. Sadly, this is probably not a book I would recommend to anyone. I like to finish a book with some sense of hope and joy, something that makes me look forward to life and this book did not give me that at all.___I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
This was the first Lisa Samson book I've ever read and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is a very fast read and I enjoyed it. The author really pulls you in the May's world and doesn't disappoint you in the page turning eye opening book. It is set in Kentucky and the first character you meet is Claudius and he is a true farmer in every aspect, and you just like him instantly. May is a girl that was working as a missionary (by chance) and she loved Rwanda. She has a traumatizing event that has her healing at Claudius farm. Talk about two unlikely friends but great friends! Eli is an flame that maybe never died out and their love and friendship is put to the test as he is in prison. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a great eye opening, heartfelt story but have some tissues ready and except some twist and turns you didn't except or see coming.thank you booksneeze for sending me a copy of this book to review
Lisa Sampson poured her heart into this book. You can see that just by the depth of these characters. They are so thought out and poignant for the reader. This book carries issues that broke my heart. We see the poor black farmer, who lived his life alone, yearning for more. We see May, torn from faith and self, pouring herself into the people of Rwanda. We witness the torture there and we see how May must now not just live with the physical scars, but those buried deep within. We watch Eli, a sweet young man go off to war and come home a different man, trying to bury what he has seen, but cannot. It is eating him alive and he now makes a choice on one fateful day, taking the lives of others. He is imprisoned and on death row. We see these characters find life through death. We see them reaching for more and trying to release the past to get to the future. But is it possible without Christ? Without a strong faith? I am not sure if I enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written, but for me it was painful to read. Nothing of this was on the back cover, and I wish I would have been prepared for what I was about to read. It is one book that will make you ponder about life, death and resurrection. For May, she found Resurrection. She found life again, and for that I can find beauty in this book. My favorite character was Claudius. He carried life within him although he was searching for more. He did find joy in May, in helping her, and just in her company. It was a blessing for him to find her on the road that day as she was crawling to find safety. She found it, she found it within Claudius and his love. He showed the love of Christ in for others and forgiveness in wrongs. He was just what the Lord ordered for May to bring her to resurrection. This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for it's review.
This novel, by Lisa Sampson, is one that I wish I had read with a book club. It's topics are so heavy that, although they were handled well and in a well-written manner, I'm not sure that I can truly say I enjoyed it.Resurrection in May tells the story of Claudius, an elderly black farmer whose random act of kindness ends up changes the course of his life forever. The subject of his kindness, May, finds refuge on his farm before leaving for a season in Rwanda. She aims to help... somehow, but is lost herself.On April 15, 1994 thousands of Tutsi people are massacred and May is caught in the crossfire. Barely alive spiritually and emotionally, May returns to Claudius, her one refuge, and learns, slowly, how to truly live and love.Sampson is a talented writer and handled the historical genocide and other hard to swallow topics with grace and tract. You can't help but care about Claudius and May-May and feel their struggles.Resurrection in May is a great discussion starter, but is not for the weak of heart. I am glad to have read it, and I will recommend it to others, but I can't say that I enjoyed it. It's heavy topics have left me sorting through a myriad of thoughts and emotions.If any of you have read this thought-provoking novel, I would love to hear your take.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as a part of Thomas Nelson's blogger program.