Common Stones

A glimpse into several different worlds, in an effort to become more acquainted with our own

Christian - Non-Fiction
224 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Common Stones is a work of Christian non-fiction exploring different themes around faith and experience, penned by author Alicia M. Smith. Self-described as ‘a glimpse into several different worlds, in an effort to become more acquainted with our own’, the book sets out to explain the differing but equally difficult life experiences of a series of people who have overcome their problems, with a view to how we can all learn from those moments. Written as a series of essays which profile each case, the stories offer inspiring examples of fighting on, using faith and self-help techniques in order to reach a higher ground beyond the struggles.

Author Alicia M. Smith uses a gentle helping touch in dealing with the topic of survival in this collection of anecdotes, biographical tales and teachable, advisory moments. The book is very well organized to ease you into the concept before the stories begin in earnest, approaching the topic in a wide, more relatable way before it gets into specific detail. Some of the scenarios are harrowing in nature, but not graphically depicted, making it all the more incredible to see how the people Smith writes about have overcome their personal hardships. Further to this, the narrative style is never too invasive, almost like a counseling voice that sits back and allows the reader their own reflections, but also presents a bigger picture view of each case. Overall, Common Stones is an excellent message and a piece of essential reading for those who may be losing their faith or joy in life at the moment.

Manhattan Book Review

"...Common Stones is a very well-written inspirationalbook that offers not only experiences but time for self-reflection as well.Full of theme appropriate and poignant quotes, as well as Bible verses fromscripture, Smith allows readers to not simply read another person's story butrather to see that through another's struggles they may be able to findsomething that can help them through their own difficult time. Some may shyaway from this book due to the heavy presence of Christianity through Bibleverses and each person's strong belief and reliance upon their faith throughtheir struggles. However, that would be unfortunate because while theseparticular people turned to their God and Lord Jesus to find their way, authorAlicia M. Smith has written a book that is about more than just religion. Shehas written a book about finding a way to heal what is broken, find hope whenit seems all is lost and to have faith whether it be in something greater orsimply in yourself. In a world that seems to focus on how different people arethis inspirational book full of life-changing quotes and stories shows us thatin the end surviving it all comes down to one common stone."

San Francisco Book Review

"Common Stones is an inspiring collection that will forever have a lure on readers worldwide. ...The organization of this valuable reading material is amazing. Common Stones is set up into three main sections that introduces readers to what'sat hand, then sets them on to testimonials, as well as an area of reflection. ...Each story gives readers a tiny gift that they can take with them and carry with them for a lifetime. Not many nonfiction books can offer that to readers everywhere. I loved how each story was unique and had a different scenario. ...Struggles are hard, however, Alicia M. Smith not only tells but shows readers how to overcome these harsh barriers in life that pop up. Many of these stories have lessons that we can learn, no matter how young or old we are. I loved reading this powerful book and it's a handy tool to keep around for when life does pull the rug from under our feet we can come back to Common Stones and remember that we are not alone and that we can survive. Overall, I highly recommend this brilliant read to readers worldwide."