Saturday, August 11, 2012

Book Review - Mindful of Him

Mindful of Him is a tale of heartbreak and triumph set in the 1950s. Separated from his young wife, and with both of his parents recently deceased, Rob McLain sets off on an adventure for which he has longed since childhood. Travel with Rob as his journey not only takes him to beautiful places, but also crosses his path with influential men who help him through his loneliness. Five months into the trip, Rob has a moonlight encounter that changes his life forever and overwhelmingly convinces this young skeptic that God is indeed mindful of him!

Through it all, he receives answers to life's deepest questions. What does he learn? What happens to his wife? Do they get back together? Does he make it back safely?

Find the answers to these questions and others dealing with faith, creation, nature, and more in Mindful of Him, which will keep you reading long after you had planned to turn out the lights. Mindful of Him was inspired by the writings of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, the giant of 20th Century Christian philosophers.

On a cold February day in 1928, Hollis Hughes was born in a ramshackle house with no insulation, plumbing, or electricity. Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, Hollis spent his youth chopping wood, tending the family farm, milking cows, and tending to livestock. Following college graduation, Hollis worked as a high school teacher and counselor for 38 years, and operated a successful rhododendron nursery.

When Hollis’ wife developed Alzheimer’s disease in 1988, he spent the next twelve years taking care of her. Today, Hollis is retired from education. He is a fly fisherman, hiker, and gardener. He is a member of the American Camellia Society, and a lifetime member of the Birmingham Botanical Society. Hollis and his wife, Lera, make their home in Alabama.

This book was unlike any other I’ve ever read. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get into the story, however, as I kept reading, the story captivated me and I was anxious to see how it would all end.
Rob is a Science major who, although being raised in the Christian faith, decides that if Science can’t explain it, then it doesn’t exist. He turns from his faith and into Science. His wife is an optimistic woman who loves him very much. When his parents die within hours of each other, Rob further turns his back on God and his anger turns outward to his wife.  After a particularly ugly scene between them, she leaves him and he decides to find the source of the river that he loves.
Most of the book focuses on Rob’s lone trek into the woods and his “self-talk”. He does run into some people along the way that are quite interesting and have a good influence on Rob.  I will say that the book went on a little longer than I thought it needed to as Rob’s “self-talk” was the same thing over and over again.
The most interesting part of the book to me was the parts about Beth. This was towards the end of the book and her relationship with her mother and father is very complex. We get to see her feelings about everything that has happened between her and Rob. After Rob’s continual thinking, it’s a refreshing change to the pace of the book.
There is some language in this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone but an adult and if you’re offended by any kind of language, you would not like this book. There is also several references to men thinking that they should have smacked their wife a few times and then there marriage would have been better. One of these comments was from a Pastor. Really?! This bothered me as there are some that would feel that this is an approval for them to do just that.  
This book was so unusual that I’m not sure how I feel about it. I can’t say I would or wouldn’t recommend it just for the simple reason that it has the language, went on and on a bit too much with Rob’s “self-talk” and the ending was a bit of a let-down. The ending happened in about one and a half pages and after going through this huge trek with Rob, I really felt the ending deserved more of a flourished ending.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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