Whatever It Takes
Open Circle by Stacy Monson is a marvellous and heartfelt contemporary Christian novel that surrounds the topics of dementia and Alzheimer’s. It was refreshing to have a tale that focused on the over sixties.
Far from being a gloomy read, Open Circle is uplifting, caring and full of love. The characters are elderly but not unseen. They still have a part to play in life and are encouraged to live life. To be active and not passive. “When we’re young, we have a purpose. As we get old, it’s harder to find reasons to get up in the morning.” The book emphasises the importance of seeing the individual and of tailoring their needs. To celebrate what they can do and not what they no longer can do. It is encouraging their strengths and playing down their weaknesses. “Celebrate uniqueness.”
The people suffering from dementia played crucial roles in town life when they were younger. They lived and they loved. Now in old age they need to be treated with dignity and respect.
The leading lady is wonderfully drawn. She exudes warmth and love. She sees the individual and desires to give them all a purpose. The day care centre is a safe place, “where the lost could be found.”
Another theme is life lived unselfishly. Characters are “eager to make a difference.” We are all just passing through this life and we need to help others along the way.
The old and the young have a beautiful friendship. It reminded me of my bond with my Nanny. The older generation has much to impart into the younger one. The pair support, love, care and complement each other with their strengths.
Characters drawn create tension. The reader reads on eagerly to see how it is resolved.
Now that Open Circle has ended, I feel sad. I did not read the book. I ‘lived’ the book and now I have left behind my new friends who will live on in my heart.
Stacy Monson is a new author to me and a highly talented one – but don’t take my word for it, read Open Circle today. You are in for a real treat.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.