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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2014
Hannah Mackenzie has never given her faith, or lack thereof, a second thought. Between her mothers emotional estrangement and a seemingly uninterested man of her dreams, Hannah is too preoccupied with her worldly relationships to think about a God who may or may not exist. But when she begins to reach beyond her comfort zone, finding the hope of love in the most unexpected place, something begins to take root in Hannahs heartsomething that requires her to trust in a truth that is beyond what she can touch and see. Will the ice and storms of a brutal winter prove too much for Hannah to handle? Will her fledgling faith be strong enough to carry her through the trials to come?
Set against the ruggedly beautiful backdrop of the western Maine wilderness, The Sky We Walk Upon is the story of one womans redemptive climb to joy, beckoning readers to examine their own capacity for believing in a love that has no end.
VStLouisPortland, MEAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A poignant and vivid debut novelJuly 7, 2014VStLouisPortland, MEAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Sky We Walk Upon follows the story of Hannah Mackenzie as she encounters the normal conflicts which come during one's senior year in college - whether to nurse a dream into a living, what love will look like, and how to adapt to a change in dynamic between your parents and yourself. However, the story becomes anything but typical as her life collides with a previously unknown and definitely foreign world of Maine wilderness, snowmobile rides and ice, challenging her to live dangerously and, later in the novel, to live bravely, relying on hope and faith in a God who does not leave us.
I was in Hannah's corner from the moment she experienced her first awkward encounter with a handsome then-stranger at the college freshman mixer, and, with her, I cringed at embarrassing moments, smiled at quirky nick-names, and cried during heartbreaking tragedies for the rest of the novel. Not only Hannah, but all the characters were vividly portrayed and skillfully developed. I found myself wishing I also had a best friend named Katelyn who would comically chastise an onlooker if I happened to break down in tears in the grocery store pasta aisle.
In a poignant and unassuming way, the author explores the universal question of why a loving God would let tragedies happen, especially to those who love Him; this theme is woven throughout the plot, but never forced upon the reader, and refreshingly handled with a great deal of grace. I found myself echoing Hannah's questions as events unfolded, and ultimately loving the man she loved for his ability to lead and guide her toward faith.
For those adult readers who enjoyed Denise Hunter's "Mending Places" (from "The New Heights" Series), this would be a worthwhile book to read, but especially to give to your teenage or college age daughters and grand-daughters. It is a book that has the courage to broach real life issues and their impact on a person's faith-journey, and I intend to slip it into the hands of every young woman I know, whether they are a believer or not.
This novel transported me to a Maine I didn't know existed, and tapped into the scarred places in my heart from when, as a young woman, I wrestled with a Christian response to tragedy and the consuming question of what best to do with my life, and Hannah's story helped cultivate seeds of hope there. It's a healing novel to read, at any age, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.