Tears Water the Seeds of Hope by Kim Tews, September 10, 2012. 240 pages. Published by CrossHouse. Source: author.
Tears Water the Seeds of Hope is the inspiring true story of a Midwest husband and wife that become disenchanted with the relentless pursuit of the American Dream and embark on a journey that spans six countries and redefines their values and lives. The story begins in a small town in Wisconsin and weaves its way through South and Central America as the couple gathers an army of supporters and establishes an organization to save the lives of children in the end stages of starvation in eastern Guatemala.First Sentence:
The setting sun painted a backdrop of cotton candy pink clouds over the roadside bar and grill where we would soon hear our favorite acoustic guitar duo sing Jimmy Buffet songs.
It is rarely that I review memoirs, not because I don’t find them worthy of reading, but to criticize a book based on someone’s life that is where my trouble lies. On the other hand, I have absolutely no trouble when it comes to reviewing crazy fiction that comes forth from a writer’s mind.
It was incredibly nice for a change to read about someone with strong faith, especially because the road that Mrs. Tews’s and her family and friends took was not an easy one to start down let alone continue on with. For me, one of the highlights of this memoir will always be their perseverance in the face of danger and their trust in the lord even when all seemed lost.
While the journey of the Tew’s and the organizations that helped out and then founded was remarkable, what I really enjoyed was reading about the love and care they showed for those they came into contact with. It was to put it mildly, refreshing because it gives you hope in the human race to see people going out of their comfort zone to spread comfort, hope and love with those who know suffering.
What I enjoyed most while reading this book would have to be that the author, Ms. Tew’s, does a very nice job of sharing her faith and belief while not making the reader feel like they are being preached at-there was just no other way to put it.
While the message contained within Tears Water the Seeds of Hope is one that I believe should be shared with all, I do have one thing that I did not like about the book. I know that the book was written as a memoir, but at times the writing felt a little too much like the author was just trying to get the words out as quick as possible without leaving the reader time to dive into each section of the author’s journey.
Even though the writing was a little rushed, I think that this is one y’all should all read because of the message of hope and that one person can make a difference in the world, even if it is just a small difference.
Final Verdict: If you’re looking for story that will restore your hope in humanity, then this book should be at the top of your list. Small things can make a difference.
About the author:
Kim Tews was raised in Madison, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Economics. She and husband, Randy, pursued careers in real estate before beginning mission work together in Ecuador, South America in 2001. In 2005 they established the 501 (c) 3 non-profit Outreach for World Hope to save the lives of starving children in eastern Guatemala. The couple lives in Verona, Wisconsin with their three children, traveling back and forth to Guatemala frequently to facilitate the ongoing programs of Outreach for World Hope.Where you can buy Tears Water the Seeds of Hope and learn about the author, Kim Tews.
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