Nickolas Butler: Little Faith

Nickolas Butler: Little Faith

Book 63 on my “Books Read for 2019″—Nickolas Butler: Little Faith—Three generations of a family struggles with the ramifications of their faith.

Lyle Hovde has lived a quiet Wisconsin life with his wife, Peg, with only one major tragedy, the loss of their infant son. They adopted their daughter, Shiloh, in the aftermath of their loss. She rebelled as a teenager and they lost touch, but she has returned to their house with her five-year-old son, Isaac.

Lyle’s life hold simple pleasures. The laughter of his grandson. His work in an apple orchard. His time with his best friends, one of whom is also his minister. He attends church every Sunday, though he holds little faith after losing his son.

When Shiloh announces her intentions to move to a nearby town, she explains it’s to be closer to her preferred church. Over time, Lyle and Peg discover that Shiloh is also dating the minister of the church, a charismatic young man who believes that Isaac holds the power of healing. As they learn the church eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing, they increasingly worry about the impact on their young grandson.

As Shiloh drifts away from them isolates their grandson more and more, Lyle and Peg have to decide whether and how to intervene.

Why don’t I rate the books I read? The simple truth is I stop reading any book I don’t like, so I never finish it and don’t count it as a book read. Thus, I like every book I complete. The rest is subjective. Whether or not you will like the book is as much about whether the subject interests you and the author’s style is one you enjoy.

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