Thursday, May 05, 2016

Book Review : Glimpses of Light

This book is currently being featured on the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance. Information about the author and more details about the book can be found here.

Glimpses of Light is a collection of 26 stories and poems based around the theme of light. The collection was put together in 2015 which was the International Year of Light. Profits from the book go appropriately to CBM (formerly Christian Blind Mission).

It's always surprising to read the vastly different reflections that writers can have on a theme – some serious, some light-hearted, some imaginative and some factual. I enjoyed the wide variety of writing styles and the diversity of genres. It was also interesting to see the way writers had weaved, either subtly or overtly, Christian values into their stories.

Some of entries were fantasy. Normally this is not a genre I enjoy, however I found this worked well in the short story context. Fantasy doesn't appeal to me because it usually includes long descriptive passages but this is less of an issue in a shortened version.

I read this book several weeks ago and it is interesting to reflect on the stories that have stayed with me: Ben-Shachar by Naomi Edwards; The last Blood Moon by Charis Joy Jackson; Moon People by Paula Vince; and Revelation by Jo-Anne Berthelsen. I particularly enjoyed the last two stories, probably because they were true and I like non-fiction.

The entries were all well written and Jeanette and Nola have done an excellence job of editing.

An enjoyable read.

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Jeanette O'Hagan said...

Thanks for the review Susan - Glad you enjoyed Glimpses of Light. We had fun writing and editing the stories, poems, reflections.

Lynne Stringer said...

Yes, it was a lot of fun, both to write and read!

Susan said...

Great job, girls.

Charis Joy Jackson said...

Thank you for reviewing the book, Susan! It's quite an encouragement to hear my story stuck with you weeks after you finished reading GOL, especially with all the other amazing stories. Thanks again!

Susan said...

You're welcome, Charis