by Award-winning author William Kent Krueger
This month - I want to recommend a book which I haven't yet read - but it's what I am going to read while on vacation in Hawaii in January. Barbara White has recommended this book to me many times. I'm excited to read it - as it has a compelling story with a mix of murder mystery and a boy coming of age. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy in a small town on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.
Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is apparently a moving account of a teen, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. Barbara says it's an unforgettable read - about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. I think this might be a good book for all ages. The book is available for purchase on Amazon for S8.80 - and it's also in audio form (Audible) if that's easier for you.
As we move into year B in the Sunday lectionary we will spend a substantial amount of time with the Gospel of Mark. It has been a personal - practice of mine to read a sort of primer on whatever Gospel we are moving into for the upcoming year in Advent. While William's book is geared more towards a lenten reflection, it is nonetheless one of the most concise and accessible introductions I know of I commend this little gem heartily. Published in 2015, "Meeting God in Mark explores the essential meaning and purpose of Mark's Gospel for beginners who may be curious about the Gospels and want to learn more, as well as for those who've read the Gospel many times before and want to see it in a fresh light." Enjoy!