Do you know a refugee?
Actually, you do, and he/she is closer than you think.
Whoa, hang on there what do you mean? I mean that you and I are refugees, so it stands to reason that you are closer to one than you realize. Really?
Earth is not our home, (okay we have a strange one here, thinks she is an alien!)
Now hang on a minute. Isn’t that taking things a little too far, there are no such things as aliens.
Aren’t there? We are all aliens.
Okay, I’m off, and you certainly are.
Before you go just bear with me.
We are all refugees and aliens. As in Earth is not our home. We were created to live here, but it is a passing residence. It is not permanent, so we are refugees on a journey to our true home – Heaven. We are not naturalized citizens of Earth, thus aliens, until we return to our heavenly home.
Ah, now I see. I thought for one moment you had cracked.
No dear reader, I am just reminding us all that every one of us is a refugee, and as such, we bear a responsibility towards those that are fleeing persecution. Because we are all united as aliens as we traverse the Great Journey.
Therefore we must take Leviticus 19:33-34 (KJV) at its word:
And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser is about a refugee; it may be fiction but no doubt based on truth. I wonder if you my dear reader would have responded to his call for help if you had met him on your journey.Some people look for a beautiful place; others make a place beautiful @EMusserAuthor The Long Highway Home. #amreading #books Click To Tweet
My Penny’s Worth
So what’s the fuss about The Long Highway Home?
Elizabeth Musser has carefully constructed a fiction book about a reluctant refugee called Hamid. His innocent daughter whom Truth emboldens plunges the family into chaos and fear. However, you don’t just get his story, but the characters of his family and those helping him escape from a closed country. Each narrative fills out the broader saga, so the reader gets into the head of those involved in the telling.
There are many words of wisdom
Bobby who starts the story has a battle of her own to fight. But, she comes out with some wise one-liners.
“Each day is a twenty-four-hour adventure.”
“Do you think it’s fair to accept only the good and not the bad in life?”
Rasa the instant believer whose childlike faith warms the reader with wisdom beyond her years. Only a child could see beyond the fear and put trust in a God she had only just met.
Hamid who loves his ancient proverbs.
“If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he does not know how wide it is, he will jump, and six times out of ten he will make it.”
A theme to encourage
Throughout the story the theme of pushing onward no matter what came bursting through.
“Thank the Lord that He respects our feelings, and yet He sees fit to push us forward in spite of them.”
Many of the characters questioned whether to go on or not. Their trials appearing insurmountable at times.
However, “Eyes of faith see potential. They look behind and know that the past was just a stepping-stone for the future.”
What I liked about the book
Even though there are many characters each plays a role in the developing jigsaw. As the story goes from one piece to another, you want to find the next piece that links the same story. It made you turn the pages. To care about different people. Reading about a refugee on the run is bound to pull you into the early hours of the morning, as you just want to finish the next chapter.
What I didn’t like
The smell of chickens – Check out the book to find out why!
You know what is going to happen
But, it doesn’t matter because it is how the story is told that is important and the lessons we learn by taking a chance and trusting in God. Because let’s face it:
“I don’t think God gets surprised very often.”
Would I recommend this book?
The book is about making good out of evil. “What men mean for evil, God can change into good.” This is a book of hope in so many ways. Lives may seem ruined but the truth remains: “So much of the time, the story God is writing goes on behind the earthly scene, somewhere in the heavenlies. But every now and then the Lord pulls back a curtain-slice of the sky and we get to see the bringing together of all the plot lines in real time.”
I would recommend The Long Highway Home for its revelations about the refugees and their struggle for freedom. For the amazing work, people do to help, often at their own risk, and to bring awareness of the plight of refugees.
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own. I was not requested to give either a favourable or unfavourable review.*
I would like to give this book 5 *****
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About the Book
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (19 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542362725
Sometimes going home means leaving everything you have ever known. When the doctor pronounces “incurable cancer” and gives Bobbie Blake one year to live, she agrees to accompany her niece, Tracie, on a trip back to Austria, back to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees that Bobbie helped start twenty years earlier. Back to where there are so many memories of love and loss.
Bobbie and Tracie are moved by the plight of the refugees and in particular, the story of the Iranian Hamid, whose young daughter was caught with a New Testament in her possession back in Iran, causing Hamid to flee along the refugee Highway and putting the whole family in danger. Can a network of helpers bring the family to safety in time? And at what cost? Filled with action, danger, heartache, and romance, The Long Highway Home is a hymn to freedom in life’s darkest moments.
About the Author
ELIZABETH MUSSER writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Elizabeth’s highly acclaimed, best-selling novel, The Swan House, was named one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year and one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the Past 100 Years (Georgia Backroads). All of Elizabeth’s novels have been translated into multiple languages and have been international best-sellers. Two Destinies, the final novel in The Secrets of the Cross trilogy, was a finalist for the 2013 Christy Award. Her new novel, The Long Highway Home, has already been a bestseller in Europe and is a finalist for the Carol Awards.
For over twenty-five years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in missions’ work in Europe with International Teams, now called One Collective. The Mussers have two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Find more about Elizabeth’s novels at www.elizabethmusser.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.
I hope you have enjoyed this book review. Let me know in the comments – many thanks, Margaret.