Transporting readers to rural Indiana, Amy K. Sorrells introduces readers to Reverend James Horton, his daughter Shelby, and Noble Burden–along with a host of other characters who in Lead Me Home, live in fictional Sycamore, Indiana. Sorrells’ Lead Me Home illustrates what happens when grief and failure stare into the face of a Christian and taunts the Christian with lies.
For Reverend James Horton, the impending loss of his church and his wayward daughter are enough to leave him feeling hopeless and lost. Shelby, the reverend’s wayward daughter, Noble Burden, a young dairy farmer whose life is filled with responsibility and a dream deferred, are in need of restoration, hope, and a renewed faith in God. Sorrell takes her readers along as James, Shelby, and Noble find restoration and new dreams in ways they did not see coming.
An easy read and one that readers who lament the loss of rural small towns and small churches will likely appreciate, Lead Me Home deals with a variety of topics including the demise of small churches, the rise of megachurches, suicide, and grief. While readers will perhaps find these themes to resonate with their own views or life experiences, Sorrells’ book spreads itself thin by not fully developing all of its plot lines or stories of restoration as comprehensively as it could. Even though the main characters find their way home in the end, readers may find themselves wondering how the characters’ faith developed and was restored enough to lead them there in time for the book’s ending.
Readers looking for a book that deals with loss, struggle, and grief and points people experiencing those emotions back to faith will find that Lead Me Home offers them a read tailored for what they are looking for.
*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Lead Me Home in exchange for my review.