Book Review by Harmony Kent
There is a Reaper is a book about a five-year-old boy who develops JCML–an aggressive form of juvenile leukemia. But more than that, it is about his spirit. I discovered this author and this book from a blog tour, and then on a book club website, and from its title I knew this would not be an easy read. However, it was a rewarding one. I am so glad I bought this book and bumped it right up my To Be Read list.
Full of beautiful prose throughout, it offers a deep and insightful look into life, death, and the journey in between. The author is obviously well read, and this shows through wonderfully within his writing. Written mostly from the point of view of the father, the book also includes moving sections written from Mom’s perspective. If you’re looking for a book about this illness with an A-Z of treatments, you won’t find those within these pages; what you will find is a the celebration of a life and the love of a family.
I am humbled and inspired by the way Christopher’s brothers and parents handled this crisis, and how it drew them closer together where so many families are torn apart. This is a must read for everyone, but most especially for those who have suffered the pain of loss. The writing is honest and full of rich imagery. This is a book that offers hope, even in the face of defeat. I highly recommend this book.
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