Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Why do we read sad books?
I pondered that question when reading Somewhere in the Skies by Becky McGurrin. Every reader who picks up the book knows that it will be a sad story since it tells of the farm accident that took the lives of Scott and Phyllis Showalter, their two daughters, and their employee.
Yet, we read it anyway.
Could it be that we all know that we will face sorrow in this life?
Some day, sooner or later, we will grieve at our loved ones' graveside. Some day we will reach our own appointment with death. Unless the Lord returns first, these are facts of life. Do we read others' stories to be reminded that God's grace will be with us when we face those dark days?
Somewhere in the Skies is told mostly through the eyes of Scott's mother Reba. It combines the stories of several others who were affected by the tragedy. And yes, I cried, especially when reading of the two little girls who were left behind.
But it isn't a depressing book. I love the focus on the hope we have in heaven. Even though life on this earth is short, we can find a peace in God's promises.
You can purchase Somewhere in the Skies from CLP.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.