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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel

The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel is a gripping novel that explores how the choices we make and the courage to forgive can touch the lives of others. This a novel that looks at life, love and faith in a very realistic way. The lives of her characters could be that of your next door neighbor or family member, they are so real.

Kim, a young woman dealing with guilt over a tragic accident that happened years ago in her life, becomes involved with a man named Rick. In her relationship with Rick, she thinks she has found a way to relieve some of the guilt that weighs her down.

Joshua, a widower and father of a young daughter, finds himself to be neighbors of Rick and Kim. If he becomes involved with their situation, it could mean trouble of his own.

And Debbie, who runs a woman's shelter, has helped countless of women, but seems unable to help herself.

Alison Stobel has taken three people who are dealing with very real life issues and brought them together in a way that will have you holding your breath as you turn the page. Your heart goes out to each character and their own situation. You can't help but get involved because any part of this plot could be from a part of your own life or someone you personally know.

I found myself pulling for Kim, Joshua and Debbie in each of their dilemmas. Kim was so weighted down by her guilt and making decisions based on that guilt. I just wanted to hug her and let her know she could let go and grab a hold of God instead.

Joshua was doing everything he could to be a good father and provide for his daughter, and his in-laws were making things so hard.

Then there's Debbie, how many women have I known like her? She's like that family member who just does for everyone and pours her heart out to those who other people ignore. She gives counseling and care to them, yet can't seem to get her own heart straight.

This is a wonderful story and the ending wasn't what I was expecting. I am so glad I read this book. It has encouraged me in my faith, knowing that no matter what, God is always in control and that no matter what, I can always turn to Him, in any given situation and He will make things right, His way, of course.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a great novel about real people with real problems, who find a real solution. It will make you cry, make you angry, and encourage you, causing you to stretch your faith and believe in something impossible.

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