Friday, July 10, 2009
Book Review---Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser
I am so excited that I was asked to review the book "Words Unspoken" by Elizabeth Musser. This is a beautiful story of hope, forgiveness, healing and redemption.
We all hear voices in our head. Sometimes we tune out the ones we really need to hear and allow other voices to overtake our thoughts. Elizabeth Musser really explores how these voices can affect our lives and everyday decisions and how important it is to decide "whose voice will you listen to?" What is the truth? She also explores that life is not random and that coincidences may be more than that.
The novel is set against the backdrop of
Lookout Mountain/city>, TN/state>/place> in October 1987, when the stock market crashed. Although not the main theme, it is quite apropos to today’s economic situation. The story interweaves the lives of various characters who struggle with issues of greed, guilt, grief, feelings of inadequacy, feelings of failure, depression and keeping up appearances. They are struggling to know what voices in their heads to listen.
Lissa is a young woman learning to drive after an accident. Ted is a broker who gets greedy. Janelle is grieving the loss of her son. Katy Lynn is all about appearances. Through their stories, you learn that life isn't as random as you might think and that ultimately, God is in control. You learn to listen to your inner voice to discover the truth.
This story is one that you don’t want to put down. I found that I also didn’t want it to end. I hung on to every word like a sweet morsel of chocolate, savoring and being comforted by it.
You can read more about it out at Amazon.com. Retail is $13.99 but Amazon has it listed at $11.19 (with free shipping on orders of $25 or more).