by Christine Farenhorst
2016 / 296 pages
When Christine Farenhorst comes out with a new collection of short stories, the big question I have is, how many can I look forward to? And in The Sweet Taste of Providence she has given us an impressive 74.
These short stories are packaged as 4-5 page devotionals. They take no more than 5 minutes to read out loud, and end with a couple of questions for discussion. That makes this a great book to read with your kids, maybe 8 and up, before bed…or a little earlier, because this might get them discussing and dissecting right when you want them calming down. The short story length could also make this a good, ahem, “bathroom reader.”
What we see in this book is Christine’s love of history, and the lessons that can be learned by looking backward. The slices of history she shares are most often bits most of us will never have run across before, so there is always something fun to learn. But she is after more than just fun. Since it can be easier to see God’s hand in things when we’re looking at what’s happened than when we’re looking around in the present (yes, God will turn even today’s evil to our good – Romans 8:28) these stories are maybe first and foremost a wonderful dose of encouragement – our God continues to uphold His people!
But The Sweet Taste of Providence is also just a fun read. It’s meant to be read to children, but mom and dad will enjoy reading it too.
Christine’s other short story collections
- Afterwards I knew: a seven-story collection about war
- The Great Escape: includes a story about Harry Houdini
- Hidden: Stories of War and Peace: “I was a Stranger” is simply wonderful