"Long Way Gone" is a beautifully written, moving story that will linger long on my mind, beyond the moment I lovingly place the book on my shelf. I was absolutely captivated by the character of Cooper, with his incredible musical talent, his growth to become a selfless giver to others, and even the mistakes that he makes on his journey. That moment where he runs from all that is good in his life will resonate with each of us, because whether or not we've taken such a radical step as Cooper did, we have all expressed that rebellion in our own unique ways. This story is one of redemption, of reconciliation in the most moving of ways, of second chances that are not deserved but are offered by grace. Cooper's father is the father we all want to have on Earth, and a poignant picture of the Father that we do have in heaven, one who says that we can never go too far to outrun his embrace. Each scene is carefully crafted, and there are many unexpected moments that make for engaging reading. I especially enjoyed Cooper's encounters with the supernatural, and am intrigued to think back over my own life and wonder if I have "entertained angels unawares".
Every time I pick up a book by Charles Martin, I never know exactly what I am going to get. Once again, he has succeeded at offering up a story that not only entertained on every level, but touched me at my deepest core. I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.
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