Friday, November 13, 2009

The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

Book Details
The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
Paperback, 368 pages
2009, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764203633

The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty--for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn't wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Jack are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled. Especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then arrives The Gift...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Jack. Will it be enough?

I tend to steer clear of any books focusing on religion or faith, but I was intrigued by The Silent Gift as soon as I learned about it. I enjoy most fiction dealing with psychic ability or prophecy and decided to take a chance. I'm very glad I did. The Silent Gift is a book that has religious themes, without being preachy, but more it is a book showing a mother's never-wavering love for her disabled son. Mary's life with Jack and everything she went through in the name of protecting her son was told in such an emotional way that during some scenes, I could feel my heart in my throat. I truly felt anger, love, and fear when Mary felt them. I was swept into this story and couldn't put it down until I knew the outcome. Very, very good for a book so far out of my comfort zone.



  1. Hmm, this sounds interesting. I normally avoid the religion, too, but the 1930's caught my eye, and since you said it's not preachy...we'll see.

  2. Oh yes, definitely this is a book I want to read.
    I have read another review that felt much the same as you. Thanks for describing the emotion you felt and that while there are religious tones it is not told in a preachy manner.