One thing I'm not from Cher Gatto
The anchor of my soul
Something I'm not from Cher Gatto is a contemporary Christian allegorical story. It is absolutely heartbreaking and beautifully written. The love and pain extend from the sides and remain in the heart of the reader.
You can't help but love and admire the main character who is lost, but in his loss he is still trying to save someone else. He doesn't want the innocent to follow in his footsteps.
The main character clings to hope. It is a hope that God sent after prayer. It is a hope he holds on to even though life looks so dark. "Don't believe the lies that threaten to shake and destroy you … you have a god who loves you."
The main theme of the novel is fathers and truth. Our heavenly Father loves us unconditionally and will never make us suffer alone. In contrast, our earthly fathers may be abusive and may not appreciate the gift of life. The abused think they deserve the behavior they receive, and it is heartbreaking to apologize for the behavior. "I have already defended him." The father of all lies wants to separate us from God. He wants us to believe the lie that we are unloved and worthless. The truth is that we are loved and Jesus paid the ultimate price for each of us. We have to adjust to the voice of God.
How we see God is often influenced by our experiences. "Maybe he didn't scowl from his throne, watching and waiting for me to screw it up so he could throw me across the room. Maybe … God was more like this man."
There is the terrible subject of human trafficking and modern slavery. There are some scenes that are difficult to read. There are parallels to Joseph's biblical story.
The church is not about a performance. The Church is about coming to God the way you are. "The Church is never about being what you are not."
Something that I am not was painful reading, but it also had great hope and his name is Jesus. Cher Gatto has produced a heartbreaking read with some jewels of love between the pains.
I got this book for free. A positive rating was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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