Sunday, July 5, 2020
These Nameless Things by Shawn Smucker
Before Dan opened his door to find a wounded woman who had escaped from the tormentors in the mountain, his life had become rather quiet. He and the eight other people in the mostly abandoned town had become friends. They spent peaceful evenings around the campfire and even made vague plans to journey east one day and leave the ominous mountain behind.
But the woman's arrival changes everything.
Who is she? How does she know so much about Dan's brother, who is still held captive in the mountain? Why are long-forgotten memories rising to the surface? And why does Dan feel so compelled to keep her presence in his house a secret?
Visionary writer Shawn Smucker is back with an unsettling story that invites us to consider two challenging questions: To what lengths will we go to assuage our own guilt? and Is there a limit to the things we will do for the people we love?
About The Author
I think everyone’s looking for a place in the world – not a physical location as much as an emotional one. Just a tiny bit of space to set up shop, to exist.
Life hinted at where that space would be for me when I was a small boy and books picked me up and carried me away. If you came looking for me in the mid-80s you would have found me sitting on a large porch attached to a ramshackle farmhouse, reading about Narnia or the Shire, brushing away the flies, constantly saying, “Okay, mom, just one more chapter.”
But then, normal life, with all of its misleading promises and plastic desires, got in the way. I wandered. Geographically, I went to a hot city in Florida, an old village in England, and then back to Virginia. Emotionally, I traveled even further. Finally, after ten years of searching, I found stories again. Or maybe they found me.
Now I live in that place I was always trying to find. I wake up beside my beautiful wife, Maile. I make breakfast for my six children. I spend the rest of the day capturing stories, doing what Steinbeck called the impossible: trying to explain the inexplicable. Trying to transplant stories from my mind to yours.
Wow! What a deep book to be lost in, and I'll admit that it took me a bit to get into this read, but keep reading you will be glad you did.
Be sure to read the author's note at the end of this read, and maybe before you start reading! It really helped me, and then the light bulb went on and I sped through this book.
A book as a Christian really makes you think, and the consequences of sin, well, we don't like to think of our own sins, and a sin is a sin.
While this is Dan's story, I did love Adam, and the deepness of this read, we are given the feeling that we left the mountain. There is also a lot of love, forgiveness, and beautiful friendship.
This is a page turning read, and I found myself up late reading for answers. Kept going out to the next tree!
I received this book through the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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