Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book review: the Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Kregel Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. They’re wrong.
Colom had the perfect childhood, the much-loved only child of a church pastor. Yet he wakes screaming from dreams in which his sister is drowning and he can’t save her.
Fiona turns to her husband, desperate to help their son. But David will not acknowledge that help is needed—and certainly not help from beyond the church.
Then they find the suicide pledge.
Fiona, in panic, takes Colom and flees… but when will she acknowledge that the unnamed demons Colom faces might be of her and David’s own creation?

This book starts with a modern subject matter- teen suicide- and turns it on its proverbial side, as the author sets to determine what dysfunctions in Colom's family life may be the true cause of his wish to end his life. The book deals with expectations placed on us not only by society, but our peers, our family and yes, even our spouses and parents. How we handle those expectations becomes part of our personal history and that history influences our decisions, both good and bad. Parenting has changed in the last 30 years (for example, social media has added a whole new realm of bullying and immersion into other's lives)  and this book does a great job in looking at how what we used to keep from kids, we may not nowadays, but are they truly ready for that information?  We want our kids to not have trauma in their lives, but have we prepared them for if it happens?

This book is NOT a quick read- it needs to be absorbed and the vivid descriptions allowed to color your reading, and provide the backdrop for understanding the characters. It is a tale of family, love and redemption, and not to be missed!

About the Author:
Gerard Kelly is a well-known speaker and author of fourteen books. He and his wife live and work in France and co-founded the Blessed Network, a movement of young leaders committed to God’s mission on mainland Europe

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