Andy Andrews has been getting a lot of reviews from me recently, but it is for a really good reason. Andrews has a way of writing that cuts to the heart of the story and feeds you the most tender cut of meat, something you really can grow on. He writes about things that not only are interesting and exciting, but are of spiritual significance. The Heart Mender is another such book, and is quite possibly the greatest book he has written thus far.
In The Heart Mender Andy writes about a personal discovery that led to learning of some really exciting events that took place in his own backyard…..literally! Andy first tells the story of how he came to find these clues and then goes on to tell the real story. This story is an incredible one involving the characters of German U-boat under-lieutenant Josef Landermann and an American waitress by the name of Helen Mason. Helen was happily married when Captain Tyler Mason went off to London and was killed in a bombing run. She couldn’t handle the trauma of loosing him, and though her aunt asked Helen to stay with her, it was only worsened when her aunt died as well. She is mad at everyone, especially the Germans who killed her husband. Josef meets Helen in a most interesting way. He washes up on shore with serious injuries and Helen almost leaves him there to die or be found by the police when he says something that changes her mind.
The rest of this story is incredibly engaging and interesting as well. There are so many things I learned while reading this about the history of the German U-boat blockade during World War II and how they sunk many ships during that time period. The plot is really well driven and keeps you turning those pages. The book also gives such a great illustration of how to forgive one another and what difference that can truly make in a person’s life. It is this theme that is stated over and over throughout the book, and it might be said that Andy sought out to teach us in this book how to give our neighbor a second chance.
This book is a great read and is perfect for reading before bed or sitting by the fire, as we all look forward to the winter months. So check out this book for yourself and give Andy Andrews’ books another look, especially his book The Noticer.
Hailed by a New York Times writer as a ‘modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,’ Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents. His two-hour PBS special is entitled Andy Andrews: The Seven Decisions and is now airing nationally to incredible reviews.
I was given a copy of The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews by the publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review. The review I have written here is my own opinion of the book. I love giving you my opinion on books and love to hear yours as well so feel free to comment below and let me know what you think of this book and others!