Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Cup Of Dust


About The Book:  Where you come from isn't who you are
Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff's family, they've got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They're who the town turns to when there's a crisis or a need―and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.
Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother's unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn't sure she likes.  Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he's really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won't be the only thing darkening Pearl's world.  While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl's voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.
About The Author:  Susie Finkbeiner is a stay-at-home mom, speaker, and author from West Michigan. Her previous books include Paint Chips (2013) and My Mother’s Chamomile (2014). She has served as fiction editor and regular contributor to the Burnside Writers Guild and Unbound magazine. Finkbeiner is an avid blogger (see, is on the planning committee of the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, and has presented or led groups of other writers at several conferences.
My Thoughts On The Book:  I have always been a big fan of history and the Dust Bowl has been a subject I have read about in great detail.  This was not the easiest book I have ever read and I would have to put it down from time to time just to absorb what I had just read.  It is a tough read, but once you are captured by the spirit of Pearl you find yourself needing to pick it up again and finishing.  It is a very emotional read and even though you know it is fiction you know this could have been reality. Finkbeiner is a master word smith and weaves a tale of sadness, reality, terror, and the hardness of life in the life of 10 year old Pearl.  This is a must read for anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, especially the Oklahoma Dust Bowl.  I must tell future readers that there is some violence, yet without the violence the story would not have been as powerful as it was.  This book was comparable to The Grapes of Wrath in depth and subject. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publiations as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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