Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mindful of Him Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Mindful of Him by Hollis Hughes!

Mindful of Him is a tale of heartbreak and triumph set in the 1950s. Separated from his young wife, and with both of his parents recently deceased, Rob McLain sets off on an adventure for which he has longed since childhood. Travel with Rob as his journey not only takes him to beautiful places, but also crosses his path with influential men who help him through his loneliness. Five months into the trip, Rob has a moonlight encounter that changes his life forever and overwhelmingly convinces this young skeptic that God is indeed mindful of him!

Through it all, he receives answers to life's deepest questions. What does he learn? What happens to his wife? Do they get back together? Does he make it back safely? 

Find the answers to these questions and others dealing with faith, creation, nature, and more in Mindful of Him, which will keep you reading long after you had planned to turn out the lights.Mindful of Him was inspired by the writings of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, the giant of 20th Century Christian philosophers.


Meet Hollis Hughes:

On a cold February day in 1928, Hollis Hughes was born in a ramshackle house  with no insulation, plumbing, or electricity. Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, Hollis spent his youth chopping wood, tending the family farm, milking cows, and tending to livestock. Following college graduation, Hollis worked as a high school teacher and counselor for 38 years, and operated a successful rhododendron nursery. 

When Hollis’ wife developed Alzheimer’s disease in 1988, he spent the next twelve years taking care of her. Today, Hollis is retired from education. He is a fly fisherman, hiker, and gardener. He is a member of the American Camellia Society,  and a lifetime member of the Birmingham Botanical Society. Hollis and his wife, Lera, make their home in Alabama.

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After both his parents die, Rob feels completely out of sorts. Things aren't going quite the way he had imagined them. After a fight with his wife Beth, she leaves him. Rob is suddenly left with the task of trying to make sense of the what remains of his life. He decides to take a journey he had always dreamed of taking to find the source of a river he grew up near. This journey takes him to some beautiful places, and allows him to meet some wonderful people. It also allows him to think about his life, his belief, and his faith. These things can change his life into something entirely different from what it was before, if only he will let it.

This was an interesting book on a couple levels. First, there is the story itself. The idea of taking this journey he had always wanted to take was very interesting. In some ways you could taste the freedom Rob suddenly enjoyed. This book moves at a slow pace, very much resembling the slower pace Rob was experiencing traveling down the river. It's full of interesting characters as well. The people Rob meets on his way have wonderful ways of seeing the world, and they very much shape Rob's evolving world views. 

The most interesting part of this book to me was the fight between Rob's intellect and his evolving world views. The main idea of this book is that a man can find God during his journeys though life. Rob was someone who relied heavily on the philosophies of so many of the great thinkers throughout history. This took him away from the basic religious beliefs he had once held though. While traveling, Rob was really forced to reevaluate all the things he held to be true. This is an interesting journey that many people will relate to. For me, I wish the book had moved a tiny bit faster, but I think this is something a lot of other people will appreciate. Overall, this book will leave you with many things to ponder in your life as well.

Book provided for review.

Be sure to check out all the rest of the blogs on the tour!

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