Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir

This book wasn't an easy read, yet I flew through it. It was painful and beautiful all at once - and it is an amazing story of triumph over deep tragedy. I honestly passed up this book more than once. I was intrigued, but repelled by the horrors of abuse experienced (and described) by the author. In any case, I knew what I was getting into when I finally took the plunge. Honestly, a book like this could go either way: it could be a tale of triumph or it could be deeply painful and depressing. Fortunately, though Fran Grubb describes (in detail) the horrors that she was subjected to as a child, she does so in a spirit of faith and forgiveness. Nowhere in the book does she excuse or condone her father's actions; yet neither does she speak from a perspective of bitterness or anger. No one would fault the author for being permanently scarred and angry, but she has turned the tragedies of her life into absolute triumph. She uses the pain for good and has been able to help many others through her story. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze - their book review program. I wasn't required to post a positive review. These are my own opinions on this book.