Monday, September 19, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Hands of the Father. Darrell Case,Leaning Tree Christian Publishers. 37chp 222 pgs. $12.95 Amazon, etc.
This book is so dark I had serious trouble just reviewing it. The opening chapter has a child, ten years old in the kitchen of the tumbledown shack where he lives. He is going on about life, when the author reveals his step mother is chained by the ankle and cannot get away. The is one of the more uplifting scenes in the dark novel. A dark novel to be sure, but one with the light of the world triumphing over the dark mess Globe has come to call, normal.
Darrell tells us on the back cover:
“Globe is ten years old, his mother is dead: his father is a serial killer. Globe is an unwilling accomplice to murder.
Taylor Jackson is a moonshiner, a father and a serial killer. In a jealous rage, he murders his wife in front of their eight-year-old son, Globe. He then replaces her with another and then another. None of them meet his standards. To Globe they are only temporary mothers. He can visit their graves in the pasture, but he dares not love them. His father kills everything Globe loves. Taylor is arrested and escapes. He vows he will kill the only witness to his crimes, his son! Globe realizes the only way to stop his father is to kill him. Taylor lures his son into a trap. It appears that Globe will be the next victim or will he put an end to his father’s murderous spree?”
Reviewers say, “Awesome,” “Wonderful,” “riveting,” etc. All statements about Hands of the Father are really understated!
Each page of Hands delves deeper into the depravity of the fallen human heart; of the devastating impact such a heart has on a child. Revulsion is an inadequate word to describe my feelings toward the villain, Taylor Jackson. Yet, God has His ways. I was amazed at how deftly Darrell Case brought Christ into the sordid setting in this best book yet by this prison worker of many years.
Get this book. Joyce Lilly TgB.