Parents often wonder if their children are listening when they pour out their longings, fears and expectations for their children. Fathers hope that their children, especially their sons, will inherit their most admirable qualities. They also hope their sons will impact the world in ways that will cause the family name to echo for generations. Strangely, the details of the many lives that our children touch are often revealed in surprising ways. In this novel, Louis Lamoureux creatively plumbs the depths of the multiple layers of Adam’s life. The novel reveals the many lives, from a homeless woman who was rescued from an overdose to a fellow inmate who was inspired to enter rehab, that Adam has touched in ways that allow each of them and each of us to appreciate the gift of Adam’s presence.
In 1 Corinthians 9:22, the Apostle Paul writes ‘I have become all things to all people that by all possible means I might save some.’ Paul lists his relationships to those under the law, outside the law and those who are weak, to provide examples of the breadth of his impact upon others. Adam was known not only as a son, a “best bro”, a well-mannered young man, a good student, and a creative cook, he was known broadly in affluent communities, impoverished streets, hopeless jail cells, and compassionate courtrooms.
This novel reminds us that the breadth and depth of the impact of our lives are not dependent solely upon the lengths of our lives. Parental dreams of the accomplishments of children and the characteristics of the grandchildren are sometimes revealed in unimaginable ways that demonstrate a deeper spiritual connection between the people of God in various parts of the world. The Apostle Paul spoke of an unspecified thorn in his flesh that plagued him throughout his life. Nevertheless, this malady also revealed that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. By sharing the stories of Adam’s struggles, Louis Lamoureux allows the impact of Adam’s life to continue to reverberate in surprising places. This novel is a must-read for parents, siblings, congregations, pastors, those in recovery, those incarcerated, and those simply needing to better understand the journey of this who struggle with this thorn in the flesh.
Jon E. McCoy, MDiv,
North Northfield United