Monday, September 24, 2012

Still Life in Shadows -Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Still Life in Shadows
River North; New Edition edition (August 1, 2012)
Alice Wisler


Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer's store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn't bad. She's the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House).

Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.

She has four children--Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel's House Publications in her son's memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.


It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior" he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.

One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother's body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father?

If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Still Life in Shadows, go HERE.

My thoughts:  This book made me think.  I did enjoy reading it, but came away sad.  Sad for the number of people who left the only life they knew to start over.  Sad for the losses Gideon had.  Still LIfe in Shadows is well written and will keep you reading to the last word.  But, it is also a book that will challenge you to think.  To think about what you believe in and why.  To think about what you want to do with your life.  I recommend this book!

I received a copy of this for free to read as part of the CFBA. However, all opinions in this post are mine and not influenced by others. I was not compensated in anyway for this review other than a copy of the book. Pin It Now!


  1. This is such a great book that I would love to read! I really like the story line, and it sounds interesting and something that I would like to get myself!

  2. The author sounds really neat and so does the book!

  3. I love your book reviews! My husband isn't too happy with my every expanding book wishlist though :)

  4. im very intrigued thanks for your insight!!

  5. i don't normally read these types of books because i really can't relate to them - but this one really caught my attention... and i DO love a book that causes a person to question what they believe, why the believe it, and how better to put those beliefs into positive forward-moving "life" - so many people have a life but aren't living. so many people are doing what they do out of fear. i'm a big fan of the books that stir deep within our spirits and impel us to come away different. thanks for the review!