Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: They Almost Always Come Home
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Cynthia's Website: www.cynthiaruchti.com
I can explain my approach to life in a few words: Faith, Hope, and Love. Sometimes it waivers and sometimes it so easy to have faith. I believe in God, but I am the first to admit that I often question his plan, and at times I can go as far to say that I hate it! Sometimes I feel bad about this. Sometimes I wish I was a better person, and sometimes I love my flaws because without them I wouldnít be able to appreciate the lessons that god is trying to teach me. The main character of this book, Libby is much the same. She faces the biggest test of her faith, hope, and love in this book.
I bet you are wondering why I am sharing this with you when I am supposed to tell you about a book. Truthfully, I find it important to make anyone that might read this INCREDIBLE book be in the right place before they pick it up, this way you can maximize on the simplistic beauty of this book!!!! I admit I was a little hesitant to read this book; I donít like a preachy book. This book is anything but that!
Itís a family story that centers on a marriage. Libby and Greg have been married for years, and have two grown children. They live a quiet life that has been shattered by loss and their inability to overcome it. But itís so much more than overcoming it, they havenít even begun to deal with the loss and all the issues associated with it. Leaving their marriage on the brink of destruction. The only problem is that Greg doesnít really know it.
Greg, a family man through and through, canít get through to his wife. Heís feeling lost, guilty, ashamed, and alone. Heís a man sleepwalking through life. He decides to take a trip into the wilderness to clear his head. Heís hoping for some divine intervention or at least a message. It goes well until he doesnít come home.
What follows in a moving journey through the wilderness of life, itís filled with simple wisdoms and an appreciation for the everyday lessons that we miss and simply take for granted. Itís a story about hope, love and faith. Perhaps most importantly itís a story about ones inability to live without them. Itís a story about the difference between being alive and living. Itís a story of the importance of friendship and the strength we draw from them. Itís about rising to the challenge and not questioning where you are in life, but finding a way through.
Did I like this book? No, I loved it. It was a simple book with great depth and a storyline that ANYONE can relate to. It was a story that I was hesitant to put down, and would find myself thinking about it when I was away from it. I hope that my review did it justice, and most importantly I hope that you read this book!
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