I started reading this book earlier in the month. I usually read quickly, and a mere 200 pages doesn't take long for me to consume, but this book was different. I savored this book. I lingered over the pages, rereading many. I read passages aloud to my husband, both to share with him but also just to hear the words aloud. The author writes so lyrically, and her story is both deeply personal and universal. She deftly combines the ordinary with the divine in a way that is both inspiring and profound. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
In structure, the book is set up in the four seasons, beginning with autumn. That may seem like a strange place to begin the seasons, but it really is fitting, and not just because that was the season the author and her family moved into Maplehurst. Each chapter is grounded in a month and a bible verse. The sacred and the mundane weave together to form a tapestry, and the writer leaves the reader with a beautiful scene of heaven and earth. If someone were to read all of the reviews I've written and pick only one book to read, this is the one.
I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.