Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Book Review: Gather Sticks Along the Way - G Tyler Mills

Synopsis - When God commanded Abraham to carry Isaac up the mountain, the boy was told by his father to gather sticks to build an altar.  With each piece he gathered he unknowingly contributed to his own sacrifice.  But before the blade would fall an angel of God would appear.  The entire parable hinged on Abraham's faith in God's plan and his determination to carry it out with his own hands.

Charles is an average man. He has a loving family and is solid in his own beliefs.  But his faith is soon tested with the loss of his son and Charles becomes a man driven by the need for answers.  He needs to know what happened to his child and is prepared to do anything to find out. As simple actions by multiple individuals begin to unfold, a tragedy is formed and Charles is caught in the middle.  Throughout it all he knows he is not alone.  He knows God is with him.  As Charles begins to see signs of what he believes to be the truth behind his son's disappearance, he's unsure if these come from God or if they are just coincidences.  Is it his vengeance that propels him or is he just doing God's plan?  His faith will either see him through this catastrophe or cause him to lose all he has left.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - This was quite a powerful story.  How often in real life do you come across a minister/pastor who faces a potentially life changing challenge as described in this book?  Is it possible?  Is it real?  It could be!  We are all lambs of God and we are all challenged in various ways and to varying degrees in our lifetime.  Is there anyone out there who is perfect?  Of course not, we are human and it is our very own human nature which can cause our downfall.  (Read Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve.)  That aside, and moving back to the review.  I found this an interesting story.  How would one react in this situation?  Charles had a lot of significant information or should I say coincidences thrown at him - should he judge?  No, but he is human and fallible, even if he is a pastor.  This story reminds us that when we judge others, we often get it wrong.  Ours is not to judge.  Why did he behave the way he did?  Even in the beginning chapter where he meets Harold but hides the 'goods' in his drawer because he was frightened of being found in possession.  Why did he lie to the police about having met the new neighbour?  His wrong doing was his own undoing.  A man of the cloth, a man of faith he could not live with himself.  A sad and poignant tale!  3*

Kindle ASIN: B006QRGVF4

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