A compelling novel that addresses a rising issue and tragic statistic of young men in America being raised without fathers. A captivating story that will stay in your heart, long after the book is back on the shelf. Trapped in a world of anger, 29 year old Bryan Whittaker cannot move on with his life until he takes a journey into his past a dangerous journey that will leadA compelling novel that addresses a rising issue and tragic statistic of young men in America being raised without fathers. A captivating story that will stay in your heart, long after the book is back on the shelf. Trapped in a world of anger, 29 year old Bryan Whittaker cannot move on with his life until he takes a journey into his past a dangerous journey that will lead him into the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest. Instead of the revenge he seeks, Bryan finds redemption and in the process makes peace with his past. The only clue he has that will help him know if he’s reached his destination is his memory of his father’s most treasured earthly possession a beautiful alabaster cross....
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Alabaster Cross Reviews
First, I love Richard Exley. He is a fantastic storyteller, and I have listened to him in person many times throughout my life. He, also, has great insight into the struggles we all have, at one point or another, with our relationship with God. This story of a man struggling to make sense of or come to terms with losing his father at a young age is no different. This was not the greatest storytelling I have ever read. I thought there were inconsistencies in the writing, changing from active to passive voice or vice versa, throughout which made it hard to really sink myself into the story. At the end there were loose ends that were not "tied up," and left me wondering about the rest of the story. However, the struggles Bryan and his sister, Helen, deal with touched me deeply. I felt God while reading this story. I felt God dealing with me about my own walk with Him while reading the pages of this fictional story. That alone is what moves me to give this novel a higher rating, and made it worth reading to the finish. I did tear up in several places throughout the novel for the times that either character was dealing with very raw and very real spiritual and/or emotional battles. Those places in the novel were where I saw the writing shine and grip me as the reader. Richard Exley is annointed man.
Ok, I really enjoyed this book. It got me doing all kinds of google searches about interesting things related to the Amazon Basin. I loved reading about the missionaries lifestyles. I could appreciate both the reasons Bryan's father was a missionary and also the reasons Bryan questioned why he would do it. I was intrigued by the indigenous tribes of Indians and their beliefs. The ending was not as I expected though I see the reason for it. After reading the author's explanation for how life often has no "perfectly wrapped up" endings, I understand. I was saddened by the reasoning for why Bryan couldn't stay in the jungle. It brought up some hard truths in my own life that come from poor choices which limit my opportunities. Nevertheless, while this is all cryptic in order to not provide spoilers, I liked the book a lot. Very thought provoking read.
Fantastic Read!Fantastic Read!Reading this book wrung me out emotionally. The characters and their pain were so real that I teared up several times. I had mixed feelings at the end because while I loved the book, some relationships were not resolved. I hope there's a sequel to this excellent book.
interesting readThis was a tuff one to get interested in, eventually I did but it took several attempts, finally it clicked and I found it to grab my attention by the emotions the writer expressed during the Amazon trek. The descriptions used were grabbing as I have never been to the rain forest, after that I don't believe I will either.
It took me a while to get into the book ... I almost quit reading. Overall, it was OK but I didn't feel like it wrapped up everyone's story. I would have liked to know what happened with Helen and Carolyn. Then the preview of the sequel leaves you hanging (of course) but when I went to look for the sequel, it doesn't look like one was ever written (or at least published). Very disappointed.
It was a great story of forgiveness and reconciliation. Not my favorite writing style -- sometimes the descriptions gave so much detail that it seems to slow down the pacing of the story. I was also confused because sometimes the italicized passages were flashbacks, and other times the italicized passages were describing the person's thoughts in the present.
Plot line was the best part of this one! Loved it, and kept me on edge. Couldn't wait to find out what happened to his father! And also loved delving into the Amazon- don't know much about it and I found the details very interesting! Only dislike was the unnecessary details-some of it could have been left out. But was a wonderful read and loved Bryan the most!