First off, wow. Leaving Darkness by Greg Schaffer is one of the only self-published books by an unestablished author that I have really enjoyed. It was excellently written and the story executed in a smooth manner. It’s obvious that he knows what he’s writing about. Schaffer has put a ton of heart into this story, and it left me thinking a lot once I put it down.
This book left me feeling all kinds of things. From sadness, to hope, to excitement, to the need to do something to help others. I really think this author has been blessed, and I think this story really will help change lives.
I was confused by all the corporate talk during Alan Rutherford’s POV chapters, but that’s not really an issue, just a confusion on my part, as I have little to no experience in the corporate world. But it sounded like it was written expertly, and knowladgeably.
The only thing I can think of that I didn’t like about it was the lack of contractions in the narrative. Other than that, there’s nothing else I would change. Leaving Darkness is definitely a book everyone who is struggling (or not) should read.
I rate it: 4 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK
Long-haul truck dirver Lowell Ferguson is on the brink of suicide. He is haunted by the guilt of a horrible secret from his senior year of high school. Therapy and antidepressants aren’t able to lift him out of depression. At twenty-eight years old, he believes his life has dissolved into a meaningless annoyance. Only the strong bond with his lone friend–a Chihuahua named Rufus–keeps him from choosing death. But when Lowell learns Rufus may have cancer, he fears there will be no reason left to live if his beloved dog dies.
While awaiting the diagnosis, he comes across a flier for a Christian support group promising hope and freedom. A skeptic and an apatheist, he nonetheless reluctantly decides to join the group. Through this joining, he finds what he has been yearning for–a path toward leaving the darkness of depression. This first step provides Lowell the courage to do what he must to escape his guilt and finally confront his past.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg Schaffer participated in a small Christian-based group ministry in 2011 and became a facilitator with the ministry to help others find their direction toward a purposful life. His first-hand experiences of lives transformed through such healing groups led him to write Leaving Darkness, hoping the tale of transformation through God’s grace may encourage those lost in their own darkness to reach out for help. The author of two previous novels, Greg lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and three rescue dogs.
NOTE: I recieved a complimentary copy of this book per the FTC for review reasons.