This book, y’all. If you’re looking for something to uplift you, give you some insight into human nature, and maybe even help you understand God a little better, this is the one.
And it’s such an easy read, your kids will love it, too. In fact, it would make a fantastic read-aloud for the upcoming season.
I’m not a big reader of Christian fiction . In fact, this may well be the only Christian fiction I’ve ever read on purpose. But Passing Lincoln was hands-down my favorite book of the year.
I fell completely in love with the town of Beulah and its cast of characters. But let me tell you about the format of this book first.
It’s written almost like a bunch of short stories through which a single 5-dollar bill travels. Don’t let the idea stop you. Because the story takes place in a single town where many of the characters know each other or at least run into each other, you never miss out on having a single protagonist throughout the story. Besides, you have the $5 bill, and it’s almost a character all by itself.
And the characters are all so very interesting. It starts out with Dolores, who wants nothing more than to reach her grandson, Little Chet, and show him he can trust God. So she writes her message on the back of a five-dollar bill and puts it in his birthday card. Little Chet, disgusted at what he thinks is a trick, adds his own message to the bill and returns it to her. Dolores, desperate to reach him and not about to give up, puts the bill in the collection plate the next Sunday with a little prayer that God will help her reach Little Chet.
So begins the bill’s gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, life-affirming travels through the townsfolk of Beulah. From a single mother, to a homeless man, to a pastor, to a drug addict, the bill travels through almost every imaginable social status and every street of Beulah. It always ends up exactly where it is needed most and every character adds a message to Dolores’s original message to trust God, until by the end (after you’ve cried and laughed and hoped and cringed and All The Things), that five-dollar bill shows up exactly where it belongs covered in the word of God.
I’m not making it up that this was hands-down my favorite book this year. I read it 3 times. I will visit Beulah and its citizens again. Because books that truly touch you are hard to come by, but this one does the job splendidly.
I can’t wait for Michael Rogers to write his next book. In the meantime, go grab a copy of Passing Lincoln and get to know Beulah. Because this is the stuff.
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