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Mindful of Him

Title:  Mindful of Him
Author:  Hollis Hughes
Pages:  276
Year:  2011
Publisher:  WinePress Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                When I first learned about this novel and read a little about the author, I was really intrigued.  So I got a copy, sat down with a diet drink and got to reading.  The story opens with a young, married man, the sole child of his parents, at their funeral.  His wife is beside him as well as his in-laws.  Rob feels completely alone and lost, but he knows not as alone as he would be if he didn’t have Beth.  Rob loves her so much, and while both are pursing degrees, there is no other person or place he would rather be.
                Rob knows how hard he is working to provide for Beth as well as working towards eventually starting graduate classes.  Beth was raised in a Methodist church where her father was the pastor.  Her mother is a hard woman, but her hardness doesn’t show up until later, at least when Rob sees it.  Rob is sure that many difficult days are ahead.  He has had his faith rocked, not by loss as much as by what he is learning.
                Rob was raised on a farm and didn’t want to go back, so he plans on selling the farm.  When he does, he is able to look ahead towards graduate school and then Beth gets pregnant.  What should bring joy to the married couple, in fact, doesn’t.  It brings the exact opposite, so much so that it brings deeper sorrow and loneliness to Rob than he has ever known.  I don’t want to ruin the story for you as to what happens, so I will let you read the book.
                Anyway, Rob sells everything, packs up and begins a journey with one purpose in mind only to discover far more than he expects.  He returns to a stream on the farm, and gets on a boat to find the source of the stream.  What he finds on the journey are people who have traveled his same path, made their mistakes too and found out what really matters most.  Should it be who really matters most?
                Does Rob find the deep answer that his soul is searching for?  Is the Bible, the only book he brought on his journey, helping him find answers or creating more questions?  Does Rob come to peace and return to Beth or does he have to live with the consequences of his choices for the rest of his life?  These as well as other exciting answers to questions are revealed in this thought-provoking story that is rich with meaning.  Whether you are searching for answers or not, this work of fiction will bless you more than words can say.
My rating for this novel is 5 stars.
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