About the Book
Here is what's left of a community, a few remaining poverty stricken families that haven't been able to leave this tiny town of Oklahoma, and their Pastor and his wife. The little ones, like two year old Little Henry, have never seen grass, or played in the rain. Their lives are eeking out in a wasteland fit to rival any dystopian tale. Lillian is only sixteen, but she can remember before, something that most people seem to have given up recollecting. They're now becoming dependent on the government for food, the start of welfare. Folks leave and don't come back. While this is focused on one town, scores of people died during this time frame, and in this town people perished as well. Everyone still in this town is praying for an answer, waiting to leave, or waiting to die.
Then the possible answer rolls in. In his new car, and clean shining clothing, a man comes planning to buy up land. So much of the land is deserted and laid to waist, it's a prime opportunity for a rich man to capitalize on the sorrow of others. He's rolling in funding, and he's seen the beauty in Lillian. The question of the hour is, is he a saint come to save them, or is he a demon in disguise?
Literally gritty in it's portrayal of much more than dirt and sand, this book proffers an honest portrayal of the struggle for survival and not loosing faith while walking through the worst of circumstances. It makes me think of the valley of the shadow of death from the Psalms. While I didn't want the characters to fear evil, I did root for them to know true evil when the saw it, so that they could cast it out from among them, in what ever form it appeared. Being a pastor's child, I appreciated the way the pastors in this book were written, and found myself cheering them on as they gave their all to try to help others keep their faith when no breakthroughs were insight. This book is well written, and worth reading.
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