This is the first book I have read by Chris Fabry. I loved it.
Every Waking Moment has actually left me at a loss for words.
At least three times I have resorted to telling my family "You're just gonna have to read it."
And I say this with an emphatic nod.
But I have to string some words together in a review, so here we go.
The characters are multi-dimensional. They are really people, which means that they are often difficult to understand and sometimes very easy to love.
This book has a mystery in it, a mystery with a heartbeat and a name.
The mystery is Treha.
No one seems to know this 20 year old girl's origins, least of all herself.
When pressed, she answers the questions by telling someone else's story.
Subconsciously, she fills her own nearly empty memory bank with the stories that others tell her,
and she has many to choose from, because drawing out people's stories and earning their trust is her gift.
Treha is so valuable at Desert Gardens nursing home, far more valuable than her employment status as janitor would reveal. Desert Gardens is a place where the residents often feel like no one wants to hear their stories anymore, or who have never had anyone just listen and ask the right questions.
With a gentle touch, a caring closeness, and a soft voice, this girl can reach people who haven't spoken for weeks. You need to meet Treha.And then I need to mention two other characters who are introduced: a pair of documentary filmmakers named Jonah and Devin whose texting conversations with each other made me laugh out loud!
They are a great pair: One of them sees the whole venture as an economic failure, and predicts that they're going to be operating out of his mother's spare bedroom soon. The other sees their great break right around every corner.
The ending of this book leaves you thinking hard...and it also leaves you wishing that we could hear more about this young woman's story in another book. Maybe we can?
Thank you Tyndale for my book!
Find out more right here: Tyndale Media Center Every Waking Moment.
Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program "Chris Fabry Live!" on Moody Radio. He is also heard on "Love Worth Finding," "Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman," and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children. Chris's novels, which include "Dogwood," "June Bug," "Almost Heaven," and "Not in the Heart," have won two Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more. He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and the Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR. Visit his Web site at www.chrisfabry.com.