Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Silent Gift, by Landon & Kelley

Today I am reviewing The Silent Gift by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley.

During the Great Depression, Mary's husband walks out on her and their disabled son, Jack. Suddenly they're on their own in world that despises the poor. Then Jack receives a mysterious ability. Where has it come from? Can a young boy who can neither speak nor hear counsel and comfort seekers? Bittersweet and heartwarming.

My thoughts:

This is an unusual book, but very gripping. For me, it was another of those "read in one sitting" kind of books. Though not a suspense novel, it did have its moments of suspense.

One thing that stood out to me was the descriptive sentences used. The authors certainly have a way with words, and did an excellent job of painting a picture with their words.

I loved the characters in this book. Mary, the mother who will go to any means necessary to protect her son, and Jack, the little boy who has never heard or spoken in his life. And the
re are other colorful characters throughout the book. Some who do all they can to protect this wonderful little boy, and some who are out to exploit and hurt him.

Though fiction, the story raises some food for thought. Is it ever right to profit from a God-given gift? And it shows that it is always best to seek God's will in what we do, and the results when we do not.

This is the first collaboration between these two authors, and it is a good one. They did a wonderful job of portraying life in the 1940's, and the love of a mother for her very special son.

Thanks to Edify Media for the review copy.

The Silent Gift is availble from Baker Books Publishing.


Molly said...

I so want to read this!! I have been seeing it pop up here and there on different blogs and have been more and more intrigued each time I see it! Thanks for the review and it's going on my TBR list!!!