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Overview Illustrating the power of forgiveness and reconciliation, this novel shows it's never too late to come home A Son Comes Home tells the story of an extraordinary and life-changing summer in the life of an American family. The main character, Chris LaRue, is a graduate student and college instructor in his mid-twenties, who has drifted not only from his heavenly Father, but also from his earthly parents. Early in the book he returns to Indiana to spend the summer with them after being estranged from them for two years. It is a summer in which he will confront his former fiancee, Beth, but also new family crises, including his father's grave illness and his sister's unwanted pregnancy. Chris is still haunted by the death of his older brother David two years before. His relationship with his brother had been a complex mixture of closeness and rivalry. David was his father's favorite. David loved Chris but also betrayed him during the final days before his death, and he left secrets behind Chris feels obligated to keep, but that continue to spread their poison as time goes by. Back home again, Chris must decide how much of the truth he can bear to tell. The book is a family story in several senses-an individual family, an extended family, and a church family. It is a carefully crafted book about the complexity of relationships. It tells of prodigal sons and daughters, ordinary people who stray from the Lord during their times of darkness and squander what He has given them. They take matters into their own hands and try to force their own solutions with sometimes disastrous results. It is also ultimately a story of coming to one's senses, of confession and forgiveness, of reconciliation with God
Publishers Description Although this novel is a good fit for the general Christian fiction market, this story can also appeal to students both in high school and in college. Students can easily relate to the characters in this book. The novel is also powerful in showing the dynamics of family relationships at many levels.
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Studio: Randall House Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.71" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Randall House Publications
ISBN 0892655682 ISBN13 9780892655687
Availability 0 units.
More About Joseph Bentz
JOSEPH BENTZ is the best-selling author of When God Takes Too Long, Silent God, Pieces of Heaven, and four novels. He is professor of American literature at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a BA in English from Olivet Nazarene University and an MA and a PhD in American literature from Purdue University. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California. More information about his books and speaking can be found at www.josephbentz.com.
Joseph Bentz currently resides in Azusa, in the state of California. Joseph Bentz was born in 1961 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Son Comes Home?
A Compelling Read Apr 24, 2008
A Son Comes Home, masterfully penned by a professor of English, deals with the family dynamics that can arise when personalities of parents and children clash, competition between siblings reaches an unhealthy level, grief blinds people to one another's deepest needs, and self-centeredness takes over.
Though it has been compared to the parable of the Prodigal Son, this story contains far more complex problems than the parable, and forgiveness is slow in coming for all parties concerned--the father, the son who left, the mother, the daughter, the fiancée, the dead brother's fiancée, and others.
To complicate matters further, the father has possibly invested with an old friend's company in a venture that could lose him everything, and he has transferred the affection he had for his favored, dead son to a young stranger who secretly woos his daughter. How this relationship affects his relationship with his returning son, his wife, his daughter, his church family, and his trusted friends, I leave for the reader to discover. However, when reconciliation and forgiveness do come in the beautifully written climax, the reader will not be disappointed.
This book might be a good one to use with teens and college-age students in a group study about personal responsibility and the importance of honest and open communication in family relationships. It also would be good to use in literature classes. The author's website includes some materials for teachers to use in the classroom.
Overall, A Son Comes Home is a compelling, satisfying read by a skilled and compassionate author.
A Powerful Story that Relates to Every Generation! Jul 21, 2000
Reminiscent of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Bentz manages to capture the spirit and breath of each of the several characters through which the story is portrayed. Whether the plot is being told by a teenage girl, an aging father, or a seeking son, the reader gets a chance to glimpse into the real soul of each personality. With skill and subtlety, Bentz explores timeless issues of family ties, loneliness, and acceptance, and how they relate to a series of generations. No matter where in life readers find themselves when reading this book, they are sure to feel at home with at least one of the emotions explored in this true-to-life story.
It is a good book. A true to life family story. Nov 6, 1999
This book will appeal to all who are interested in reading about real life-like stories. I enjoyed it very much, however, it was depressing to know that family members who love one another so much could not express their true feeling to each other. "Song Of Fire" remains my favorite book by Mr. Bentz. I have read it twice, and look forward to reading it again. Maybe it is time for Mr Bentz to revisit "Caladria". PLEASE!
I couldn't help thoroughly enjoying "A Son Comes Home". Jul 6, 1999
I read "A Son Comes Home" this weekend. An interesting adaptation of the story of the Prodigal Son. More of a prodigal son, daughter, and father story which takes place in Indianapolis IN...you'll have to read it to get this. I particularly enjoyed the characters in the midwestern Indiana setting. The descriptions are so real that the book seems almost autobiographical in places. As a new father, this book spoke to me. I enjoyed it more than Song of Fire.