Review: The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder
Summerside Press, ISBN 978-1609361167
Rating: 4 ~ I Like It
Josh and Kati are both born on the day the Berlin Wall falls. Josh is born in United States while Kati is born in Germany. During his childhood, teenage, and young adult years, Josh struggles with having to meet everyone’s expectations. During her childhood, teenage, and young adult years, Kati struggles with winning the approval of others. Just when they are at the peak of their struggles, something happens and their lives are changed forever by the encounter. Unbeknown to these two individuals, they have more in common than they can imagine.
When I first started to read The Blackberry Bush, I thought that it would be an easy read. After all, it is only 176 pages long, the shortest book I’ve reviewed to date. But I was mistaken. The Blackberry Bush focuses on many realistic, deep issues that it isn’t possible to just skim through it.
Josh and Kati are complex individuals with common problems young people have today. An aspect of The Blackberry Bush I absolutely like is the way the two main characters are not romantically involved with each other despite one being a male and the other a female. I find that very refreshing.
Another aspect of The Blackberry Bush I like is that it is not preachy. Yes, this book has Christian themes, but it doesn’t have the “you must believe in Jesus” theme commonly found in many Christian books. This certainly makes the story a comfortable read for those who are not Christians.
For some reason, the sentence in the book that stood out for me was this sentence spoken in Josh’s voice in the year 2031: “A generation ago, people had such small families; glad that’s starting to change.” I hope that happens!
The only problem I had with The Blackberry Bush was the different switch in scenes. The story alternates between the narrations of Angelo, Josh, and Kati; the setting varies from United States, Germany, and Holland; and the years range from 1943 to 2031. Confuse? I was.
Overall, The Blackberry Bush is a compelling story of destiny, the pasts of our families and how we can impact our future generations.
David Housholder is a senior pastor at Robinwood Church, California. He is also the director for several non-profit organizations and is greatly interested in doing evangelistic work among Muslims. The Blackberry Bush, published in June 2011, is Housholder’s first novel. He has written two other books – Book of Faith Series: Galations published in 2009 and Light Your Church on Fire Without Burning It Down also published in 2009. Besides these books, he has also written articles for church, evangelism, and theological journals. Visit his blog at www.robinwoodchurch.wordpress.com. Visit The Blackberry Bush‘s website at www.BlackberryNovel.com.
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