About the Book
Title: Faith, Hope, and Gravity
Author(s): Merrill Osmond, Shirley Bahlmann
Release Date: August 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Coming of Age, Inspirational, YA
Recevied ebook from authors for review.
Faith, Hope, and Gravity is a fascinating and complex story about Liam, a visionary boy who is searching for his path in life. I had a hard time trying to classify its genre: it's about a teenage boy so it is contemporary young adult, it has a Christian-based undertone so it is definitely inspirational, and it is also a coming-of-age tale. But overall, I feel that the main story was just about Liam growing up, something that we all have to do.
During Liam's many journeys and adventures, he meets a number of unique characters. I loved that even his dog, Quigley had a very distinct personality! Many of these characters are visionaries like himself. They all play a role in helping him in his journey but I wished that some of them had bigger roles. I would have loved to see more of Catriona!
I did really like the messages that were conveyed throughout the book. It wasn't religion-specific but it did teach about faith and seeing God's plan for each one of us.
Liam learns that everyone has a place in this world and that we each are each blessed with unique gifts. This is an especially important lesson for youth to hear and internalize. I also liked how his special connections to people all over the world reminded me that the human race is one big family. Other messages conveyed in this book include forgiveness, change, and letting go.
At times this book was very sad but the overall feel of it was insightful, inspiring, and hopeful. It would make a perfect read for youth trying to find their own way in this world.
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