Blue Sky by Ed and Janice Hird is a book that in its opening chapter has developed enough of an interesting plot to capture the reader’s attention.
Pastor Scott Brown and his wife Sandy, along with their four children ranging from ages 6 to 17, have just moved from Seattle to Spokane, Washington. In addition to the challenges that are customary for any pastor, Scott Brown and his wife Sandy also face family challenges of their own in adjusting to a new setting.
The above mentioned characters and their on-going activities, their relationship both among themselves and others of their social circles, are so vividly portrayed and with sufficient intrigue that it certainly held this reader’s interest.
As the older children, in particular, develop relationships with others not necessarily within the Christian community, it causes concern for Pastor and Mrs. Brown. At times, this is with justification.
Within the framework of the plot, happenings like accidents, sickness, adultery, theft and police intervention take place.
The themes of prayer, emotional trauma and forgiveness are prevalent throughout the on-going events of this story.
While the book does not necessarily end with everyone “living happily ever after,” it comes, nevertheless, to a satisfactory conclusion. In and through it all, it conveys the truth that, of ourselves we can only go so far, and then we must simply trust God and His divine providence in every situation.
Following the main text are “Discussion Questions.” These serve not only to give a skeletal review of the book, but also to make the events of the story and the lives of its characters relevant to every-day life in the here and now.
Submitted by Dr. Les Johnson
Retired minister, Foursquare Gospel Church
Instructor at First Nations Bible College