Then Sings My Soul book review

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Disclosure: I received this book to review. The post and giveaway form contain affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Due to both of our busy schedules, my mom and I only get to chat with each other a few times a month. During our last conversation, she expressed how old she felt. She has always worked manual labor to support our family, and it’s really catching up with her. Her body is sore and tired these days, without the strength and vitality of youth to keep her going. Although it’s passed my mind many times, I’ve started thinking hard about the future. What will become of my mom if I don’t take care of her as she ages? Living 7 hours away feels like a lifetime when I can’t be there to do small kindnesses, like take supper to her, or water her garden so she can take a break. For the first time, it’s really hitting me that as I age, so does my mom. How will the future pan out? In the book Then Sings My Soul by Amy K. Sorrells, Nel faced this dilemma with her parents. After the sudden death of her mom, she returned home to find her father easing into a pool of dementia. It’s a situation that many readers will be able to relate to.
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It was hard for me to like Nel, which is unusual since I usually root for the main character wholeheartedly. She was a hippie sort of person, with dreadlocks and an artistic nature. I really liked those things about her. Other than that, Nel seemed very selfish and worldly. The book mentioned love affairs and similar suggestive encounters that had taken place in Nel’s life. That came as a surprise to me, coming from the David Cook publishing group. Although Nel went through some changes while she cared for her father, I didn’t see a real change of heart in her core beliefs.

The best part of this book was the background of Nel’s father, Jakob. His traumatic childhood was forever changed by terrible events that took place in the Ukraine, near the time leading up to the Holocaust. I wasn’t familiar with the historic events and details in the story, and it became a fascinating learning path for me. The atrocities faced by Jews during that horrible era of history cannot be fully measured, but Sorrells does an outstanding job of making the reader feel each painful moment in small Jakob’s life. Note that there are several violent incidents described in the book including rape and torture. I wasn’t mentally prepared for that, and it nauseated me to read about it. Jakob’s brother Peter was a true hero in this story, and I would love to see a spin-off story about him.

Then Sings My Soul is available at Family Christian, which offers a wonderful assortment of reading material. You’ll also everything home decor, gifts, and music! The giveaway form below gives you the chance to win a $10 Family Christian certificate. The contest is open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!
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  1. Sherry Compton says:

    What an emotional journey! The book sounds good about renewing and restoring faith.

  2. Michelle Faile says:

    This book sounds very interesting. Hope to win! Thanks for the great review.

  3. Sherry Compton says:

    Interesting to see how they write in his flashbacks with the present day.

  4. Natalie says:

    I want to win this book because it is a different genre than I normally read.

  5. Sherry Compton says:

    I like the title. It grabs you and at the same time makes you think of being set free.

  6. The Jews did suffer greatly during WWII. I have read extensively about them and I know that their suffering was great. I am glad that you were able to at least pick this up from this book.

  7. I can certainly empathize with many of the characters in the book. I do appreciate your honesty in the review about the graphic nature of the book. That I do like to know before I open a book.

  8. Sherry Compton says:

    It’s too bad about Nel’s character but the emotional pull of the father and the family situation would make it an interesting read.

  9. beth shepherd says:

    I would love to win to read this book. It would be a great inspirational story.

  10. Vicki F says:

    Thanks for sharing about this wonderful story. Neither of my parents lived long enough to experience the issues that accompany being elderly. I constantly try to see that as a blessing knowing that they’re with Jesus, but it’s hard!

  11. From reading the story line it reminds me of when God promised in the Old Testament that he would make up for the years the locusts have eaten Things are restored to her in this historical novel

  12. Angela Saver says:

    I want to win this book because it looks like a great read that I would really enjoy!

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