The new novel, “Library of Heaven’s Path” by D. A. Carson is a story about the spiritual path. It takes place in North America and revolves around two very different people that have very little in common. The story begins in the town of Glasshouse where Maria Rearden lives, a widow. The story takes place after the death of her husband of many years, who was killed in a car accident.
In Glasshouse, Maria works as a nursing assistant to support her two children, Steve and Stephen. She loves her job and her children dearly. Maria spends most of her time working around two important things, making sure that the home of her children is clean and orderly and helping Steve get his college degree.
Reading books with a close link to my life like this one made me realize that people that write novels are people just like me. They are human beings just like you and I. The stories, characters, worlds, settings, and plots are all just as real to them as they are to us. Even though writing novels is different from writing other types of literature, the fact that they can actually write books that are so meaningful to their readers shows how much of an impact they have on their readers. Reading novels that are written by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, Danielle Steel, and William Gibson can make me think about the world we live in, about our actions and our choices, and the possibility of turning our lives around.
The first thing that I really liked about the book is that I really got to know Maria. I felt a connection to her because she is a widowed single mother of two young children. Although we are introduced to her early on in the story, she stays in the background until the very end of the novel. She does not become the main character for very long, but the reader doesn’t realize that until the very end. However, this is one of the most memorable parts of the book for me.
The next part that I particularly liked about the story was the way that Maria’s mother, Nancy, cared for her three-year-old daughter, Sarah. Nancy was so protective of Sarah and the two of them lived together when Sarah was small, but that was it. Their life was separated by distance and there were never any arguments or confrontations.
Another aspect of their life that I found quite interesting was that Nancy treated Sarah very well. They had their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, Sarah always did as she was told. She always did what she was told and Nancy never raised her voice or punished her for anything.
The story of “The Library of Heavens Path” by D. A. Carson was also something that I could relate to. In order to save his marriage, Michael has to move back in with his mother’s family. He does so reluctantly, but the fact that he had to move out is never mentioned. While he feels terrible about having to do so, he has no choice and it’s something that is really affecting him because he realizes that he loved his family so much.
It was really nice to read about these two people because I think it really helped the reader to understand the love and respect that they both had for each other. The fact that both of them are on a spiritual path is a great theme that I found intriguing. The novel was also fun to read because of the adventure and the romance that seems to run throughout the whole story.