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Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout

Fiction. Audiobook from BooksOnTape. Published in 2006. 10 hours, seven minutes. Read by Bernadette Dunne. Purchased from Audible.com.

abide.jpgAfter seeing this book recommended on a blog I read, I listened to it on our recent road trip from Michigan to Texas. It was about eight hours short of being long enough to last the whole trip, but it helped to pass the time. I enjoyed the book and felt like it offered up an accurate portrayal of the things that can go on behind the scenes in a church. One thing that intrigued me was when the author mentioned scriptural references, she would say “Twenty-nine Psalm” (or whatever) instead of the other way around. I’ve never actually heard anyone do it this way before. Have you?

UPDATE: I neglected to mention that this book would not be rated G. Interestingly, when describing sexual situations in marriages, the author uses careful, sweet, polite words. Then when one of the characters is thinking about his affair, she switches over to frank, very descriptive, not so polite words.

Publisher’s Summary:
In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings–faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment–when a dark secret is revealed.

Tyler Caskey has come to love West Annett, “just up the road” from where he was born. The short, brilliant summers and the sharp, piercing winters fill him with awe–as does his congregation, full of good people who seek his guidance and listen earnestly as he preaches. But after suffering a terrible loss, Tyler finds it hard to return to himself as he once was. He hasn’t had The Feeling–that God is all around him, in the beauty of the world–for quite some time. He struggles to find the right words in his sermons and in his conversations with those facing crises of their own, and to bring his five-year-old daughter, Katherine, out of the silence she has observed in the wake of the family’s tragedy. A congregation that had once been patient and kind during Tyler’s grief now questions his leadership and propriety. In the kitchens, classrooms, offices, and stores of the village, anger and gossip have started to swirl. And in Tyler’s darkest hour, a startling discovery will test his congregation’s humanity–and his own will to endure the kinds of trials that sooner or later test us all. In prose incandescent and artful, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is considered–life, love, God, and community–within these pages, and all is made new by this writer’s boundless compassion and graceful prose.

Online book shopping:
Amazon.com: Abide with Me: A Novel
Audible.com: Abide with Me: A Novel

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