A Beacon of Hope
stunned by this book. As an artist, I've never read a book that so
thoroughly and truthfully captured not only the process of creating
original works of art, but also the foibles and pretense of the "official"
art community. And yet the main character, despite being a "small person"
with virtually no resources other than faith in God, is completely
believable and a tremendous inspiration. There is no doubt in mind that
this book was blessed by the saints whose intercession O'Brien prayed for
during its creation.
Michael O'Brien's book _is_ long, but I breezed through it in just a few
days and was riveted by the story. It is extremely rare in a world fixated
on revenge and fighting for "my piece of the pie" to find a book that
actually breathes life into a character that has chosen the small
way...the way of Christ. Yet Rose Wabos remains very human and very
accessible. And at every turn, just when I would expect her to react as
_I_ would react, she does something lovely...she chooses to act as Christ
would have acted. Over and over I had revealed to me how far I,
personally, have to go before I could ever begin to consider myself a
real, consistent follower of Christ.
This book is a fictional tale that deals with how to live as Thomas A.
Kempis advises us to in "The Imitation of Christ". In that book, Kempis
suggests what we need to do to truly follow in Christ's footsteps. In
Michael O'Brien's book, we get to see someone do just that, and in seeing
it, it makes it somehow more possible, and more within our grasp.
This is the best work of fiction I've read in many, many years.
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