Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens Retirement Home. But Miriam Howard, director of the facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity.
When Treha’s and Miriam’s stories intertwine with a documentary team looking for stories of the elderly, Treha’s gift is uncovered, and the search begins for answers to the mysteries of her past. As their paths converge, each person is forced to face the same difficult question: What if this is as good as my life gets?
An uplifting, human tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift.
Chris Fabry has published 65 books, including his newest Every Waking Moment. So how is it that this is the first book that I have read by Chris Fabry?? My husband tells me often of what he talks about on Moody Radio but I guess I must have been living under a rock or something. Well now that I have finally read a Chris Fabry book I look forward to reading some more!
There were many things that I liked about this book, but I want to get my only issue with it out of the way. It started out slow…. and when I say slow I mean I almost didn’t finish at one point. The first hundred pages were a bit rough but once you got through those it was so worth it. The rest of Treha’s story more than made up for it.
I have never read a story like Treha’s before. Especially in Contemporary Christian Fiction. It was refreshing and a very welcome change. (Still trying to get out of my historical fiction rut 🙂 ) Personally I find it hard to relate to some contemporary fiction because it just doesn’t seem “real”. Fabry did not have an issue with that. While Treha’s gift seemed supernatural, Treha and the people around her in the book were very real, flawed, struggling characters.
Treha struggles in her own world with acceptance and knowing her past. Miriam struggles with her retirement and getting to know her husband again. I loved Miriam’s almost mother like protection for Treha. There is just sometimes when God brings people into your life that you cannot turn away from.
I would love to tell you more about this book but I fear if I do I will spoil some of it. What I will say is when Treha starts to uncover bit and pieces of her past, I felt her pain and her hope all at the same time. When I closed this book, despite it not being wrapped up in a pretty bow ending, I found it encouraging. I liked how Fabry didn’t wrap it all up in a pretty bow. He left it a bit raw and real. But isn’t that how life is. It is a journey, all if it. Every piece of the puzzle is an experience.
In the end, read this book. The journey it will take you on is worth it. I think I need to go and read some more of Chris Fabry’s books!
I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other goods were exchanged.