Time again for another CFRB book review. The Christian Fiction Review Blog is reviewing ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock this week and I have the honor of not only doing the CFRB reviews, but also writing the first review of the tour on my own site.
Synopsis of ONE SMOOTH STONE:
Alex Donnelly knows all about running. He's running from his past pain, from the police, and from God. Raised in an abusive foster home, Alex is angry at the world and tries to bury his pain by hiding out in the far north, near Dawson City Yukon.
But then one day a lawyer shows up on his doorstep and tells him he has inherited a sum of money. Sceptical, yet intrigued, Alex returns to his birth city to find answers to questions about his parents and his past.
What he finds is a young woman who seems to understand him too well, and a secret that causes him to run again.
But God goes before him and sets up a few more divine appointments, including an attack by Grizzly bear.
This book proves that no matter how far you run, God will find you; and no matter what you have done, God will forgive you.
Most people are used to a particular kind of review from me, well, we'll see if that continues to hold true. I found ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock to be an excellent book. The story flows nicely and the characters are generally realistic. There were a few times when they seemed to be doing things out of character, but by and large they are very realistic. Some may have problems with relating to some of the characters because you may, like me, have had a really good upbringing and some of the characters here have not. Marcia is very successful in capturing the pain and heartbreak that some of these characters went through. Alex Donnelly is one hard case, but as we read on we find he's constantly fighting a battle within himself. The pain and abuse he felt growing up has created more walls of pain and heartache to keep others from getting in. The thing is he didn't count on God. While it is impossible to break down the walls that we build up, especially people like Alex, it is never impossible for God.
There are several things that come across loud and clear in this book. First, you can't run from God and His love. He will chase you to the very edge of Hell itself to draw you to Himself and a life of love in Him. Second, is that while we may feel all alone in our struggles we aren't alone at all. Others have and are going through the same things we are. Realizing this can be a useful key to unlocking the doors to our hearts and letting the "Wall-breaker" come in and heal our hurt. Third, the story talks about a love unlike any other love, for the love of God is pure and beyond measure.
This is quite an excellent book on many levels and I encourage you to get a copy for yourself (and others you know and love). Some people just tell stories, others, like Marcia Lee Laycock, tell parables. You may ask, "What's the difference?" The difference is that the former is just for entertainment, while the latter, although quite entertaining as well, teaches us things about ourselves, about those around us, and most of all about God. You must not miss this book.
To purchase a copy you can go to any of the following online sites:
Castle Quay Books (Canada)
Barnes & Noble
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