About the Book
Author: Chuck Carr
Genre: Christian Fiction, Inspirational
Release date: April 29, 2021
Love. Loss. Hope. Heroism. Is there safe passage through the torrents and storms of life?
Wonders In the Deep is a dramatic illustration, an emotionally charged depiction of the elements that keep us human, fuel our spirit, and give us the courage to continue.
The life of eighteen-year-old Brandon Lawrence is one riddled with questions. Pained sore inside, he seeks answers that have been swallowed deeply by his own grandfather, whom he lovingly calls Pap. How did his parents and grandmother die? Why does his grandfather resent Natalie, Brandon’s best friend since childhood? Why is he forbidden to step foot on a boat, to ride the waves of the sea? Will he ever find answers?
Pap’s journals. Could they hold the secrets?
Set in the rocky and rugged coastline of Maine, the story uncovers Brandon’s world in the summer of 1998. The 1930s and 40s of his grandfather’s world are now over, along with the flat plains of a corn-belted Illinois town he had decided to leave as a young man. What had happened to cause a man to run from a life he couldn’t handle? What had turned Pap into a man withdrawn from life? A man holding tight to the secrets of his life.
Sitting alone on the same weathered dock Brandon had come to with Pap every Thursday growing up, he tries to piece together the puzzle of an unspoken life. Face to face with the only solution he knows, he must choose between honor and answers; an act of thievery plagues him hard, haunting and jolting his conscience. If his grandfather is too brokenhearted to speak of such things, could Brandon steal the answers he needs from the journals?
Wonders In the Deep is a soothing balm, medicine to a hurting and wounded soul. Faced with the harsh realities of grief and loss, two men embark on a great journey to find healing in the deep and uncertain oceans of life. As you journey with Brandon and Pap, you may identify with their struggles.
Is there true triumph over adversity? How far will one go for answers? How far will you go?
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This novel is quite an exploration of grief and the irrational behavior experiencing grief can generate. “Grief is not logical; it never has been. It makes one do irrational things without the slightest precaution of reason.” (441/6420) Much of the narrative of this novel deals with the irrational acts of Brandon's grandfather. He experienced grief to the extent I don't think I have ever seen. “He was terribly tangled up and confused, pained, and sorrowed – all possibly beyond recovery.” (1519/6420)
Carr is a wordsmith. “The aged letters from a vaulted page silenced the world.” (2913/6420) He describes scenes with a poetic style. He is also verbose. A scene that would be be a page or two in another novel might be a score of pages in this one. I did skim some of the text after a while. The narrative moves around time wise. Successive chapters, for example go from 1986 to 1951 to 1998 to 1938 to 1998 to 1938 (chapters 8-13). Carr's writing style is such that everything seems greatly heightened. Emotions are over the top. Actions are heightened too. It did seem a bit too intense for reality.
This is a good book for those who like to read about sailing, the initial forty pages describing a crazy sailing adventure in a storm, for example. There is a message of emotional healing that does come almost at the end of the book. This is a novel for readers who like to get lost in majestic descriptions and intense emotions. I did like the novel but would have preferred it having been edited to a length more typical for this type of novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Authorwww.Chuck-Carr.com has been blessed by inspirations about topics such as Christian faith, overcoming loss and grief, and achieving purpose in life. Now remarried to a woman of shared life goals, Faerie, he has chosen to live with purpose despite his injuries, being an inspiration to others, residing in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania.
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There was never a time in my life so confusing, so emotionally raw and puzzling as when my first spouse passed away in her twenties in 2008. She had to say goodbye to our two boys ages 5 and 3. The event changed everything about me in one way or another. The things I was forced to face since that day are things that unfortunately so many other people are also forced to face as well. It isn’t fun. Thus, the birth of my desire to help those who know what I’m talking about.
Initially, I was attacked with the obvious¾the daunting question of “why.” It never fails. We all ask it. Sooner or later, that single question begs our attention, and how we answer it will determine our outlook on everything else in life. It is an unavoidable roadblock that cannot be dodged or taken lightly. If not properly handled, that monster will bite you from behind and consume you¾it is a foe one cannot play around with. But not all things are black and white. Another thing I learned out real fast, was that some things don’t have a right or wrong answer in life. Yes, I avoided it like the plague. Almost a certainty, those who meant no harm would bring it up and shove it in my face unknowingly. It came with incredible pressure, the prod or question no survivor ever wants to look at. “You’ll find love again.” Maybe. But should I love again? The prompt comes in various forms, yet none look pleasant to the one who has tasted loss.
These two insurmountable difficulties are what prompted me to write the novel Wonders In The Deep: A Tale of Healing. I wanted others to learn that the “why” is a tremendous opportunity for us if we allow ourselves to go on the journey God promises to walk beside with us. Only there¾in this incredibly intimate and personal space¾can we understand the richness of a God whose heart is broken right along with ours. I also wanted to show readers that some may choose to honor those they have survived¾and that is ok. Some, choose to love again. It is a deeply personal choice that is extremely hard to navigate. This book illustrates it well, a way to sort out feelings one might not be able to do alone.
Wonders In The Deep. A place where one can cross the great divide of heartache to healing. A journey of a lifetime. One I hope you will cross with me.
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