Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Review- A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing is a fictional story that incorporates the five elements from Trent's previous book, "The Blessing". The book is easy to read and I finished it in a few hours. I thought it was a creative way to practically explain the implementation of "The Blessings" and the authors kept my attention through the entire book. It is not necessary to have read the first book in order to appreciate this one.

I find myself somewhat conflicted about recommending it to others. The story is somewhat predictable and while interesting, could have gone much deeper into character development. I felt in some ways that the goal of the book was clearly to incorporate the five principles of "The Blessing, rather that write a good piece of literature. The dialogue is mediocre and the description of events sometimes feels very basic. On the other hand, I found myself wondering if the basic, almost hurried approach to writing was itself intentional. The book reads like a memoir and while I wanted more details and further connection with characters, it feels when reading like the author has trouble telling the story because it is so painful. Certainly, the story in heart wrenching no matter how well or poorly written.

I think the original nonfiction explanation of "The Blessing" would probably be more informative and there are certainly better fiction books on the market, yet it is an interesting and quick read that definitely touches your heart.

*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your assessment. Nice message, but the quality is pretty awful. I wish it were written better. It could have been really good!