My Mother's Wish by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt was a wonderful read. He had an ability to remind me of days long ago when I remember my sisters walking around the house in curlers and cold cream. Not only does this book serve as a reminder to bygone days, he reminds us that life is a journey with many, many unexpected twists and turns, which lead us to the right place.
The story is about a young girl and her struggle to fit in . . . anywhere. In a world filled with loneliness, Eleanor is lonely, she longs for relationships, especially within her family, but expectations and comparisons to the perfect older sister hinder Eleanor in her journey.
She feels misunderstood as she feels called to live a life with a more carefree attitude then her mother desires. As a result, Eleanor never lives up to her mother's expectations. She finds her father as an advocate, which surprises her.
Eleanor never liked her name, it was her maternal grandmother's name. She wants to be called Ellee, which her mother despises.
After a major fight between her parents about Ellee, she leaves home, putting a note for her dad in his car. She ends up at a truck stop diner called, the Comeback Cafe which causes Ellee to consider some of her feelings. The characters are wonderful, as an older grandfatherly farmer sings to a crying babyt with a beautiful voice, a waitress with "3 arms" and a trucker enter her life and lead her to an improbable conclusion.
Along the way Elle learns poetry and writes in a "contrariwise" manner, again much to the chagrin of her mother. Yet, it reminds me of God's call to celebrate our uniqueness.
This is a short, 81 page story, readable in a quick burst, but one that packs some deeper meaning as we consider the call of God to follow Him on our journey into grace and hope and ultimately, the abundant life.
This would make a very nice Christmas present.
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