Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Chris Fabry
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“This is the thread that runs through the stories: handling change, taking what life throws at you, responding with grace, fighting back when you have to, or being content. Knowing things might not get better. And that they are probably going to go downhill,” A compassionate Devin explains in Chris Fabry’s book, Every Waking Moment.
At three hundred and thirty-one pages, this paperback book is targeted toward mature young adults and older who have or are facing an elderly loved one’s transformation to the end of life or want to learn more about assisted living and aging. Written as Christian fiction, there is no profanity, sex or extreme violence but the topics of dementia and dying are thoroughly discussed. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
There has always been something wrong with young Treha, even though she is capable of holding down her janitorial job at the Desert Gardens, an assisted living complex in Arizona. Being nervous, unemotional and lacking of confidence, she does not expect anything from anybody, including herself. But Treha has a special gift that Miriam, the facility’s director, has witnessed and some of the residents have been abundantly blessed: she helps those with dementia and memory loss speak again, opening up about their lives.
Story collector Devin and his cameraman, the sarcastic Jonah, are fascinated by Desert Garden’s occupants as they document living testaments and memories gleaned from the aging elderly. After Miriam introduces the two videographers to the young girl, they tenderly try to make sense of the pain of dying, yet at the same time, want to help Treha figure out her past history and why she is so introverted and marred.
While showing the overwhelming fear, loss of independence and dwindling sense of dignity, Fabry ardently focuses on the worth of every individual as one grows old through the lives of the tenants and the retiring director.
The reader is rapidly drawn into finding out the important story behind each one's lives and how Treha must come to terms with her own special gift and its relationship to her background and upbringing.
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