Have you lost your religious faith?
Then you might know what 23-year-old Thomas Giordano is going through.
Realizing that his Catholic faith no longer makes sense, Thomas falls into despair and becomes estranged from his religious family. He clashes most with his devout sibling Christian, who wonders what has happened to his brother and former kindred spirit. Over time Thomas discovers a new sense of purpose and forges new friendships, escaping the pitfalls of fatalism while learning to live without God. Yet even as he salvages his life, Thomas must somehow repair the growing rift with Christian, and rescue his brother from a spiritual crisis every bit as terrible as his own.
If you’re one of the many who’ve let go of their faith, or the countless others who’ve struggled with doubt and the troubles it can bring, this book will speak to you.
How does a young man attempt to broach the subject of abandoning his faith and religious upbringing with his devoutly religious family? More importantly, how does he do so without alienating them while living under the same roof? This is the dilemma faced by Thomas, the main character of Awakenings. He does so with grace and respect for his parents’ deeply held beliefs. Thomas’s confrontations with his brother are another matter. All in all a thought provoking premise that makes for a very interesting read. I highly recommend Awakenings.
Greg Gaines’s book kept me riveted. Haven’t most of us questioned our faith at some point in our lives? Awakenings touches all of us. Great writing, and very interesting.