Cruel Harvest – a story of survival

5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Harvest - a story of survival,November 3, 2012
A. Terrill (SAINT LOUIS, MO, US) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME)
This review is from: Cruel Harvest: A Memoir (Hardcover)
It is amazing what the human spirit, body and mind can take. In Cruel Harvest, Fran Grubb tells of a life far beyond the worst cruelties I could ever imagine. Her memoir lets us into a world of fear, terror and gross physical and sexual abuse, a world no one should ever have to experience. And yet she, her siblings, her mother and eventually another mother and child suffered years and years of untold pain inflicted by her father. A young, teenage girl was tricked by a wicked older boy. That's how it began. Fran's mother jumped into a bad relationship in which she was abused in every way. The only possession of her father's she took away with her was his Bible. The comfort she found in that book kept her hoping, praying for a better day, and led her to teach her children to pray and trust in this God that they barely knew. This is not a story of continual gory, graphic details of their abuse. I was amazed that, yes even though we do read of the pain they suffered, it is not the main focus. This is not to say that the abuse is not described. Still, Fran tells us about the stories her mother told them, and the games they played, what she thought, what she felt and how she prayed. I found a story of hope when I, personally, could not find a reason for anyone to keep hoping. One by one, each family member found a means of escape; each one fought their way to some kind of normalcy, learning how to truly live and to love. And finally, most of those family members were able to reunite, more than 40 years after the hellish ordeal of `childhood' had ended. The foundation of faith in Jesus that their mother instilled in them, in the midst of their father's abuse, survived and allowed her to finally forgive her father. This is a story of inner strength. It is a story of encouragement and triumph. It should also remind us that those around us could be suffering and that we should not be so quick to judge. Instead, we should be quick to pray and quick to care, to offer a word of kindness, to lend a hand or at least point someone in the direction of help if it seems they might need it. Hopefully, this story will be a source of comfort for those who have suffered abuse, as well as a reminder to all of us not to close our eyes and look the other way, but to stand up with and for those in need who happen to cross our paths in life. I received this book from the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other remuneration.

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