I thought I’d squeeze in some Christian fiction to get my mind (and heart) focused on the right place as we kick off the Advent season. Set on the U.S. home front during World War II, While We’re Far Apart is a touching story of family separation. A father is serving overseas and kept apart from his two children. A son is trapped in Hungary studying at the Yeshiva, while his father desperately searches for information about him and fears for his safety. And both of these families grieve the loss of wives and mothers taken from them by means of a tragic automobile accident.
As the book progresses Austin addresses the issues of anger at God, forgiveness and trust that even in despair, God can bring goodness. Austin’s novels are easy to read, but always with a great story and an even greater message. A perfect book for the holidays.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010