Well I think with every book Chick writes he finds his feet more and more. I’ve been reading quite a lot of ‘heavy’ books and I wanted some fiction – and it pulled me through all afternoon as I read it largely in one go! As always, questions of faith and life’s meanings are woven in – as part of the character’s lives (not wedged in) … and there were points where questioned own place in life as the characters wrestled with their various struggles. I enjoyed the way we followed 4 (well 5) Alexander’s through time – each of them shaped by differing contexts and finding different ways (and not all necessarily getting a happy ending).
Simple but heartfelt prayers, accompanied by lovely comedic illustrations. Applies to so many areas of life …
Very readable – such short chunks of content – with gentle humour interspersed. As someone who loves wild swimming but has missed a lot around cancer treatment – both the joys of wild swimming (and the effort it can take to engage – but the payoff is worth it) – and the impact of a weakening body in affecting quality of life were very recognisable (as is getting your head to focus on writing when it’s spinning in many diff directions).
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.