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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thirty Days To Glory

It is said the power of prayer is one of the strongest tools a believer has. When we lift the needs of someone up in prayer, God hears. That is exactly what happens when Elmer Grigsby winds up on Catherine Benson's prayer list. Not knowing what she should pray for, she takes to whatever she believes the Spirit lays on her heart. "Father, please make sure Elmer Grigsby has what he needs to eat. And lead him in the ever lasting way." It's something that the Glory Circle sisters has decided to incorporate as this years project. To take random names from the phone book and pray for them. Catherine was gifted with the "G's."

All Elmer Grigsby knows is that each of his days for the month is marked off by the number of bottles of booze he has left to consume. If he rations wisely by the time he is finished with the last one, it's time to head to the post office to pick up his check, pay his bills and spend the rest in bottles of alcohol to pass the time. His only companion through this life is a cat he has managed to save from the trash and now they pass the days away scouring the local dumpsters in town looking for whatever they can find in the way of food or salvageable items. But all Elmer knows is after his last haul of alcohol, something is happening, things are changing in his life and soon they all culminate with a newspaper he finds. That and the prayers that seem to be changing him in ways he never knows. One that will lead him to a crossroad he never expected to find.

Since the death of her husband, Catherine is passing away her elderly years writing daily reminders so as to not forget important details in her life. Her only companion is Emily who visits as often as needed to provide whatever care that Catherine needs, fixing meals, running errands or checking the mail. As Christmas nears and Catherine's family makes other plans instead of the usual family get together, Catherine remains bittersweet about all the changes happening in her life as well as the lives of the elderly ladies she's friends with at church. Her son and daughter believe that Catherine is too old to be living all alone in the house she used to share with her husband Edward before he died and feel that moving to a retirement home closer to either of them, might be the next step in her life. But Catherine isn't ready to say goodbye to her home just yet. She wants at least one more Christmas in her home before she can commit to making any major life changing decisions.

I received the novel Thirty Days to Glory by Kathy Nickerson compliments of Cross River Media for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed her are strictly my own. This is a perfect novel for those looking for a Christmas themed one with a powerful message by the end. The chapters toggle between the lives of Elmer Grigsby, a drunk who lives for one more bottle and Catherine Benson who just wants one more Christmas in her home. Because of the way this novel is written, the reader generally comes to care for Catherine and Elmer through their unknown connection through prayer. What happens by the end of the book, I didn't see coming but it definitely is bittersweet. I can only hope that Kathy Nickerson decides to continue with the cast of characters you come to love and care about through this novel at some future date. I for one would love to see many, many more! For that reason, I'd rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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