Saturday, August 11, 2012
"Mindful of Him" by Hollis Hughes (Litfuse Blog Tour)
What happens when a man faces loss, grief, and an uncertain future without the hope of Jesus? Where can he turn for answers? These are some of the questions found in Mindful of Him by Hollis Hughes. Rob, the main character, must search for answers when he has no idea which way to turn.
The book is set in the 1950's, though the time period does not seem to be the main focus of the story as with most historical fiction. It is really the timeless story of man versus wilderness -- both symbolically and literally -- as Rob takes off to find the source of a large river when he has basically lost everything important in his life. The diverse characters he meets along the way help him sort through his issues as he learns from each of them in some way. Rob wrestles outwardly with nature while inwardly struggling with purpose.
There are a few minor instances of "colorful language" used by the characters, but nothing that isn't heard regularly on primetime TV. Although I would classify this as a "guy book," it was entirely readable for me. Hollis Hughes is definitely a storyteller and it shows in this book. I think this might be a good book to give to a seeker or even an unbeliever who might be moved to consider the truth of God's presence in the details of our lives.
About the book:
Mindful of Him is a tale of heartbreak and triumph set in the 1950s. Separated from his young wife, and with both of his parents recently deceased, Rob McLain sets off on an adventure for which he has longed since childhood. Travel with Rob as his journey not only takes him to beautiful places, but also crosses his path with influential men who help him through his loneliness. Five months into the trip, Rob has a moonlight encounter that changes his life forever and overwhelmingly convinces this young skeptic that God is indeed mindful of him!
Through it all, he receives answers to life's deepest questions. What does he learn? What happens to his wife? Do they get back together? Does he make it back safely?
Find the answers to these questions and others dealing with faith, creation, nature, and more in Mindful of Him, which will keep you reading long after you had planned to turn out the lights. Mindful of Him was inspired by the writings of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, the giant of 20th Century Christian philosophers.
Meet Hollis Hughes:
On a cold February day in 1928, Hollis Hughes was born in a ramshackle house with no insulation, plumbing, or electricity. Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, Hollis spent his youth chopping wood, tending the family farm, milking cows, and tending to livestock. Following college graduation, Hollis worked as a high school teacher and counselor for 38 years, and operated a successful rhododendron nursery.
When Hollis’ wife developed Alzheimer’s disease in 1988, he spent the next twelve years taking care of her. Today, Hollis is retired from education. He is a fly fisherman, hiker, and gardener. He is a member of the American Camellia Society, and a lifetime member of the Birmingham Botanical Society. Hollis and his wife, Lera, make their home in Alabama.
Learn more about Hollis by visiting http://www.winepresspublishing.com/authors/hollis-hughes
To read more reviews, visit the Litfuse blog tour page.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. No other compensation was given for my honest opinion.
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