All Is Well (review)

Rating: 3/5 stars

”All is well..” 
For persons of faith, it’s a very familiar passage, and one that, unlike the mother and daughter protagonists in this heartwarming short story, has a profound impact on our everyday lives.

Of course, their circumstances weren’t always so bleak. There was a time, like many of us, when they knew happiness and believed in the innate goodness of the world. Many of us take those things for granted; take life for granted.

But what happened when they were barely surviving, and the busiest, most stress-inducing time of the year was still five months away? What would they do to hold on, even for one more day? What role would young Jenny play? And then there was the townsfolk themselves– did they face similar situations, and if so, would they be too self-involved to lend a helping hand?

Frank Peretti’s All Is Well tells that story, with reflections on the human spirit, and a poignant reminder that the world can be cruel. But it can be wonderful, too.

Interestingly enough, this was published originally in 1990, yet the financial difficulties as shown here almost felt prophetic.

My rating might have been higher if not for the less than favorable narration, which I believe was done by the author, and which bordered on tawdry at times. But there were pivoltal moments, too, where the genuine pathos of the narrative came through, as though shining in the darkness of said world.

Curiously, this was my third Peretti, and I enjoyed it more than 1986’s This Present Darkness, and 2012’s Illusion.

Thank you for making me a fan of the audiobook. I’d kind of strugggled with them in the past, though to be fair, my mind tends to wander and, as a direct or indirect consequence, I never gave them a decent shot. I intent on changing that in the coming months. This was a refreshing experience, as I simply pulled up the YouTube link, sat back with hot coffee in hand, closed my eyes, and allowed myself to relax. The story washed over me and I was one with these very likeable, and developed, characters. They are ones I’d call friends. I want to grow closer to, and grow old with them. May there be more adventures along the way.

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