A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins by John Trent with Annette Smith was a novel based on common Christian thought and ethics. The story’s main character, Josh, is the narrator and starts the book with his personal history of growing up in a neglected household and consequently placed in various foster homes throughout his childhood. In the final foster home placement, a tragedy happens which marks Josh’s life as damaged goods and he is forced to stay in a children’s home until the age of 18. The story then becomes one of grace and love as he is accepted into a new makeshift family and learns what it means to be loved.
Overall, I rated this book a 3/5. While the story was ‘nice’ and even heart-warming at times, the Christian themes were repetitive and predictable. The writing itself felt juvenile and affected the overall enjoyment of the story. Speaking from a more liberal theological location than what is represented in this book, I felt that there were sections that seemed unrealistic and cheesy given the ages of the respective characters. Regardless, it was an easy read which I was able to finish in one sitting and allowed me to escape the realm of reality, if even for a short time.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising