Out Of The Ruins Review


In Out Of The Ruins by Karen Barnett, Abby Fischer is determined that her sister will survive her cancer, and she jumps at the chance to have her try an experimental treatment with x-rays.  However, her sister dies anyway, and Abby vows to never talk to God again.  Then the San Francisco earthquake hits, and Abby struggles with feeling like God has abandoned her yet again.  What will show her that God has been taking care of her even through her heartache?

To be honest, I found this book a little depressing. Her sister dies, and then there is a bunch of destruction with the earthquake.  Throw in a little romance, and that is basically the whole plot of the book.  While there is a good lesson as far as Abby learning to trust God and see His provision through tragedy, for me, it didn't quite redeem the general death and destruction that permeated the book.  I just would have liked more happy moments in the book, or more of a plot aside from the tragedies that occurred.

There was a romance storyline between Abby and her sister's doctor, Dr. King, but it felt a little rushed to me.  I would have liked a little more time spent on the development of the romantic interest in the book, and a little less focus on the tragedy.

I did think the x-ray study plot element was interesting though, and it made me want to go back and look at the history of x-rays a little more.  I cringed when the doctors repeatedly tested the x-ray strength on themselves and received burns from the radiation, thinking it was a good thing.  I studied a bit about the history of radiographs as part of hygiene school, and I know that part of the story was probably fairly accurate!  I found that interesting.

Overall, I didn't mind this book, but I just thought there were a few too many catastrophes without the light-hearted moments to balance it out.

Note:  I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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