Clear Winter Nights

A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After

Christian - Non-Fiction
176 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2013
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Reviewed by Faith Farrell for Readers' Favorite

Clear Winter Nights gets right to the heart of many people's Christian experience. Chris has been pushed to a crisis point. He is about to make a decision about God in a time of desperation, right after being cruelly hurt by a person who was never supposed to hurt him: his father. Reeling from this experience of human brokenness on a very personal level, Chris is led to question everything he thought he understood about spiritual matters.

Chris ends up at his grandfather's house, ostensibly to aid his Grandpa after a stroke. Grandpa Gil is feeling physical weakness, yet living with gratitude even though his world has tilted on its axis again so soon after he lost his wife. Chris is spiritually depleted to the point that the darkness and distance feels like it will never lift. Yet as you read their exchanges, you find out that Chris still believes a lot more than he thinks, and his faith is a lot stronger than he dares to believe. Chris has tenacity in him that causes him to dig deep... something that God enjoys in His people.

This book would be excellent reading for any Christian in a position of ministry (which is just about everyone in one way or another) especially for youth, hurting people, or those who teach apologetics. The biggest lesson is from Gil's attitude. His words are accurate and kind, but it is the attitude, the welcoming come-as-you-are-and-I-will-listen-to-you attitude that we most need to emulate within the Church. If you ask today's youth, they'd probably tell you that is what they find most lacking in Christianity.