The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2017
Advent / Christmas Calendar
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Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2017
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The cover art features an upside-down picture of a person on a pier looking out at a lake. It seems to be a foggy day. Because it’s upside-down, the person at the top of the cover appears to be looking down. At the end of the book, one of the characters has a redemptive, life-changing upside-down experience. Her redemption did not come without suffering, just as the greatest story of all turned civilization on its head with a brutal, redeeming victory. Stories have life-changing power. King David’s life was turned upside-down when the prophet Nathan brought him to his knees by telling him a story about a rich man killing a poor man’s lamb, his one and only, whom he loved as a daughter. David was so incensed he ordered the murder of the rich man. Nathan’s words devastated him, “You are the man,” he said. David saw what he was. In Salman Rushdie’s story, “The Shah of Blah,” a boy asks his storyteller dad, “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” Well, they help us to see ourselves and others. And sometimes they turn our lives upside-down.
There is nothing not to like about Can You See Anything Now?. Beautifully written, rooted in reality, thematically subtle, it is a fine example of literary Christian fiction.
- from our review of this novel by Jeanne Lehninger
in our Advent 2017 magazine issue.
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READ a review of this novel from Publishers Weekly