WordsAPlenty received from the author a copy of The Boy Who Walked A Way by Nancy Janes in exchange for an honest review.
The Boy Who Walked A Way is set in a futuristic world where peace has been agreed upon and valued. The peace does not last and war erupts. Jal Valhyn, a young man whose parents are required to join the war efforts, leaves him in the care of his uncle. Suddenly Jal finds he is alone in a violent and chaotic world. His uncle disappears leaving him helpless, afraid and to fend for himself. Trying to find his parents or uncle, Jal begins his walk of faith after he encounters an invisible and mystical being. The being provides him with two traveling companions, Sammie and Bea, with orders that they are to lead him to safety and to teach him. Through short stories and meetings of new friends, Jal learns that there is more in his world than material things.
A smart and intuitive young man, Jal understands that faith is sustaining him and his friends as well as making life more peaceful.
“Is anything wrong, Jal?” She searched his face. “Let’s hurry down. Eli tells us stories; I’m hungry, and you must be too. Are you rattled in Eli’s presence? He’s a good and gentle being. Wait till you hear his story; then you’ll understand.”
“He’s awesome, so big and golden.”
He learns to thank those that provide for him, whether he meets them or not. He learns to be patient and watchful. He learns that love is important.
“The cord of love is strong; it threads its way from my heart to your heart.”
Jal learns much during his trip to his new home, one he readily accepts and looks forward to sharing with his parents and new friends.
A quiet and simply written book that moves along at a steady pace; there are no violent scenes or angry epitaphs being flung around. Each new friend Jal meets has their own unique story about their transition into this new peace filled world. Much like parables, these stories are short but full of meaning. They are written to connect with people of all faiths, ages and gender.
Rich and detailed, Nancy Janes has provided a wonderfully written book that demonstrates the need for people to have faith both in themselves and others as well as the importance of vanquishing adversity within their own journey of self-discovery. This is a rare find; unique in its style and touching moments. Janes gives to each reader opportunities to see their own need for self-discovery, beliefs and growth within the epic journey of Jal.
I remember my own world growing up and how I struggled to learn how to deal with devastating issues that would arise at home or at school, all well beyond my control. This book brings peace to the reader who takes time to read, mull over and absorb what Janes offers. Janes takes complex issues and breaks them down, making them applicable to all – how many of us worry about being left alone; searching for a loved one; not having their basic needs met? For children, their fears are emotionally worse given their age and imagination.
Once I started reading A Boy Who Walked A Way, I could not put it down. It reminded me of my own childhood fears and desires of having someone to share my thoughts and fears. I read pieces of this book to two of my grandchildren – they loved the sections I picked to read them. I know this is a book I will be reading to them as they grow older.
A fantastic book, one I highly recommend to everyone who needs grounding and a few peaceful moments to find that inner child.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a much deserved 5 star rating.
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