Little Josh and his two older brothers were often left to fend for themselves while their parents went out partying. They were first taken to foster care when someone reported that they were being neglected and not cared for. When Josh was five-years-old, he and his brothers were picked up and told by police, “everything was going to be alright.” That was a lie, according to Josh, that was the start of a lifetime of multiple foster homes, children’s homes and separation from his two older brothers as they were adopted but he was left behind; because of what he believed to be an accident that caused the death of another child – one that he thought no one would forgive him for and that he would be identified as unlovable and damaged forever.
This was a moving story of life’s injustice, consequences, acceptance, forgiveness of God and others. It was an easy read, I couldn’t put it down and I shared the story with others and asked them what they would have done in the same situation as a foster or adoptive parent that was looking at Josh and his brothers as children to adopt.
The book also has section for Questions for Thought and Discussion at the end which can be used in a study group or alone; to review your own memories, emotions and issues that this book may have touched upon as you read it. I was moved to tears as the revelation of the love that the woman Anna and her son Mike offered to Josh when as an adult he moved to their town and was in need of a place to rent; in reality he found a family he never thought he was worthy of and he found A Place Called Blessing.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading through John Trent’s other books: The Blessing and I’d Choose You for children.
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