This book by Anna Gibson touched me like few others have. It may be one of the best examples of Christian fiction I have seen in quite some time. I read the proof copy of Guide Me Home at the request of Ms. Gibson, and I truly appreciate her asking me to review her book.
Guide Me Home is the story of Devin, a homeless man, and the extent to which he must go to protect his young daughter, Logan. Devin is the product of a traumatic childhood that he has carried with him into adulthood more than he knows. Although he is determined to provide a good home for Logan, his past and the emotional damage inflicted upon him continue to haunt him and his relationships.
This is also the story of Faith, Logan’s teacher, who also has a past, as well as a judgmental, interfering mother whose behavior inadvertently causes threats to her daughter’s life. While Faith has risen above her traumatic childhood, she still has to deal with the emotional damage.
While this a poignant story of people helping those in need, and a couple who fall in love, it is so much more. It forces us to look into our hearts, and ask ourselves whether we are capable of the cruel actions of judgmental people on the periphery of Faith and Devin’s lives, or of offering trust and help to those in need.
It also requires that we re-examine the laws regarding children’s wellbeing. All professionals who work with children are required to report abuse or neglect, and they should be. However, Logan was neither abused nor neglected. In fact, she was cared for more than many children who live in comfortable homes. Because of strict application of the law regarding the report reporting of abuse and neglect, Faith’s job is in jeopardy for offering shelter to a student and her father.
Anyone who loves children, people in general, or enjoys a good romance, with a little stress and tension thrown in, will enjoy Guide Me Home. I highly recommend it, as it is good for the soul – especially when Uncle Vincent reminds us that our situations are not our characters, and that our individual pasts do not define us.
What Makes This Reviewer Grumpy?
Some things I expect the editor will catch, such as words without spaces in between. Others, spell check should have caught but did not, such as “than” instead of “then”. Other things the editor or proofreader should, but possibly did not are:
- verb tense disagreement;
- missing commas;
- Split infinitives;
- “yeah” sometimes misspelled as “yea”;
- confusing “further” with “farther”;
- referring to people as “that” rather than “who”;
- misplacement of the word “only” within sentences.