I don’t remember what I was expecting when I started reading this book…The only thing I know is that this was not what I was expecting…What was supposed to be a loving memoir of a brother about his sister turned out to be one of the most spiritually inspiring book that I have ever encountered.
Ruthie Leming is initially described as an ordinary girl, though she displayed a mind of her own from the very young age. Rod Dreher, the author has always found himself different from everyone around him and he is always plagued with the insecurities associated with this difference. Rod Dreher a successful journalist goes ahead with his narration talking about the different career path that he opted for, leaving his family, moving away from the small town he grew up. He also describes Ruthie’s life, marriage, motherhood and her strong sense of conviction and undying faith in God.
Things go on to a different level when Ruthie falls ill. The whole family is in deep sorrow. There is a lot of faith and prayer involved. Ruthie takes up her cancer with a positive attitude keeping up her spirit even on her worst days. Rod concludes the book describing life after Ruthie, his change in attitude towards community, about living among loved ones.I should confess that I have forgotten most of what I read this book, but this book has made a good impression on me about life, family and above all faith. I read this book when I had stopped telling rosaries. Rod inspired me with his simple faith. He does not have any inhibitions describing about how he called up God for his sister’s health through his prayers.
This book is not about how Ruthie was the best sister, daughter, wife and mother. There are lot of things which made her as human as any of us. This book deals with sibling relationships, father-son relationships, family conflicts, religious conflicts etc. Rod Dreher wants to talk about his sister who had a different way of dealing with such things. This is not a book about exhalting the character of a dead person, but about the thoughts of a brother, parents,friends, husband and kids about a good soul who lived among them.
This is a book that I am definitely going to re-read some time in future.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest opinion.
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