Wednesday, August 18, 2010

RESURRECTION IN MAY by Lisa Samson {Book Review}

May Seymour graduated from college with the world at her feet and no idea what to do with it. A mission trip to Rwanda brought her a sense of purpose in loving others. So when the genocide began she chose to remain in the village, which was subsequently slaughtered. Only May survived.

Then May journeyed to heal on the farm of Claudius Borne, a sweet, innocent old man who understood plants and animals far better than people.

Years later, having not stepped a foot off Claudius' farm, May learns an old college flame, now a death-row inmate, is refusing to appeal his sentence. Can she convince him to grab hold of life once again? Their surprising friendship turns the tables, for the prisoner, Eli Campbell, has a deeper faith from which to draw than she. Eli slowly begins to pull May from her cloistered existence. With the help of Eli, their tiny town, and ultimately a renewal of faith, May comes to life once again.

This book is a story about faith, hope, love and second chances.  I really enjoyed this book. Lisa Samson brought her characters to life in a way that makes the reader feel emotions right along with them. Some sections are difficult to read because the pain and agony experienced is so explicitly written. I experienced all feelings throughout the book, laughter, tears, joy, worry, etc.  Each character was designed with many layers that were peeled back and exposed as the chapters progressed. This is a story that will have you examining your own life too. After reading the book, it’s easy to long for a simpler life, one where distractions are at a minimum and dependence on nature a necessity. I would definitely recommend this book and score it a 4 out of 5.

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