Monday, February 9, 2015

From Dishes to Snow by Kathy M. Howard

From Dishes to Snow
(Ambassador International 2014)

Bayne Harris has lost everything she holds dear in her life. Her husband and children are dead. She was the one who caused the accident--the one behind the wheel. She cannot escape that night as it continuously haunts her thoughts.

A year after they're gone, nothing has changed. The memories are still unbearable. She can't breathe. She can't function. She needs to get away.

View Top Mountain provides the perfect escape. No one will bother her there. No one will want to check on her or talk about what happened. She can live her life alone, away from do-gooders and any chance of happiness. This is her plan, but she soon finds out God has something else in store.


"Bay, your strength is amazing..."

There are many things that people never realize about widows, especially those who follow the Lord.

As Bayne said: "The feeling wasn't something I could describe to anyone if I tried, but it was there."

We want people to reach out to us, not out of church obligation or curiosity, but out of love; yet we don't want to be smothered. If we hide in our homes, we aren't hiding from our pain; we are merely trying to right our  world.

There are so many things and Kathy M. Howard brought them to life in From Dishes to Snow.

Bayne's journey is a very familiar one and one which I empathize and sympathize as I read. Yes, Bayne could analyze and understand the logic behind her thoughts and actions; she also was compelled to ride that roller coaster. She knows that her Lord is right there with her and when she is ready He will stop the ride and lead her to a new one.

The emotional turmoil and growth within Bayne epitomized the strength of a woman--a woman with a Christian soul.

When I read From Dishes to Snow, I had to stop many times to digest the revelation I gleaned or to take a deep breath because I realized I was living Bayne's life in words.

From one instance to another, one surprising scene to the next, we see Bayne discover that God always has a plan for your life.