I am humbled by the new review for Inspiration Point, found on Amazon.com
This is a story about a family, about the history of a family and the legacy it has built. The story opens by telling us that a family is hurting; their daughter has cancer. The love the parents have for her is immediate and obvious: the mother tells the visiting realtor that they have to leave soon so they can be with their sick child and the father adamantly declares that he is willing to sell not only the family ranch, which has been in the family for generations, but also the family store to help provide care for his little girl.
From there the stoy drifts from the past to the present. Although the opening is strong, what hooked me into continuing to read was Isaac's story. Descriptions of the hard mining lifestyle reminded me of my blind grandfather listening to Western books on audiotape. The more pages I turned, the more I was drawn in.
Though this is a Christian book, I did not feel as though I were being preached at. Instead, there were members of this Family who found themselves mad at God, others who clung to the faith. Inspiration Point is a place on the ranch where they go to pray when the valley of life is too dark. Prayers in the book, as in life, are not always answered--at least, not in the way the characters want them to be. But still, they go. And they pray.
In the end of the story, the reader finds comfort in knowing that people of faith are not exempt from human struggle--indeed, they face temptation and fear and human fallacy just like everyone else. But what sets them apart is a faith in God--what sets them apart is the belief that a higher being loved them and is involved in their lives.
The writing is clean and precise; the dialogue is believable and intriguing; the message is uplifting and inspiring. This is a book that you will be glad you read--I am!