Friday, November 15, 2013

Stones to Bread by Christa Parrish

This book had me simultaneously devouring it and yet needing to pause between chapters because of the deep emotional impact it had on me.

The story weaves Liesl's current life with her memories of her childhood and fascinating historical facts about bread in various cultures and time periods. But this is more than an interesting read, it is a real heart turner. It made me think about what it means to really surrender to Christ. This story shows it is not just about being a missionary or preacher. Surrender means giving Christ the most hidden deepest pain and allowing Him to heal us.

The author wrote in a very realistic way about mental illness, grief, unresolved childhood trauma, forgiveness, feeling God's presence in your life and restoration/healing. It's not one of those rosy, sugar coated stories. There are parts that are seriously hard to read because of the painful account of Liesl's memories. But the way God leads her and cares for her so tenderly along the way to healing is so very beautiful.

I wish there was a sequel to this book!

I received this book from Booksneeze free and was not required to write a positive review.