Monday, February 11, 2013
Book Review: Sufficient Grace
The story line is compelling enough. Here's the book flap description that sucked me in:
"One quiet spring day, Gracie Holloman hears voices in her head that tell her to get in her car and leave her entire life behind - her home, her husband, her daughter, her very identity. Gracie's subsequent journey releases her genius for painting and effects profound changes in the lives of everyone around her. Ultimately, her quest leads her into the home of Mama Toot and Mattie, two strong, accomplished women going through life changes of their own. As the bonds between these women grow stronger, and the family Gracie left behind come to terms with their own loss, both worlds slowly and inevitably collide, revealing a long-buried secret that they share."
I guess by the time I got to the "long-buried secret," it didn't seem like that big a deal. The book just meandered too much for me and I never really connected with the characters enough to care. Plus, it seemed to be billed as a religious novel and the religion in the novel was just religion, not a life-changing relationship with God. Scripture was quoted and hymns were sung, but the lives of the characters seemed unchanged by these interactions. Perhaps I was seeking more redemption. For whatever reason, this book didn't stir me as much as I had hoped.