all manner of things

by Susie Finkbeiner

About the Book

When Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know. 

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

My Thoughts

I feel like I just spent a weekend with a family who on Friday I hardly knew. Now it’s Sunday and I feel like they’re my own family. This book goes on the shelf of books that tug your heart to new places, the shelf of books that captivate you, the shelf of books that don’t let you forget them. All Manner of Things, is not filled with high action, suspense and mystery, instead, it’s filled with family. The normal kind of things families deal with, the hard things families deal with and the happy things families deal with. And because of that, the story is unforgettable. I really do feel like I spent time with some people who have become like family. 
The author writes in such a beautiful way. The words dance and come to life. The pages fly past. I could not stop reading. It was a relaxing but emotional read. I put this up next to All The Light We Cannot See (Doerr) How the Light Gets In (Petersheim) And We Hope for Better Things (Bartels). If you like those you will love this story. There wasn’t much in the way of strong Christian content in the storyline, which is just fine. I would rather it be a little than too much and in your face.
This is my first read from Susie Finkbeiner and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m going to hunt down her other books right now! I gave this book 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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