I first heard of Steal Away Home from Jamie Ivey whose podcast I listen to on a regular basis. Her husband, Aaron Ivey, coauthored this book and she mentioned it often about how he was writing a book and how excited she was for it to be released. Fast forward to the release date in August, the kind people over at B & H Publishing Group sent me a copy to review.
I don’t often read fiction books especially history ones at that, but this book completely took me by surprise. It was my companion everyday as I waited in the school carpool line to pick up my son from school and most days, I had a hard time putting it down when it was time to go. I love how the book told the parallel stories of these two men, Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Jefferson; how they lives were vastly different, but the deep dark places of their souls carried a familiar ache. I knew very little about Charles Spurgeon and I certainly had never heard of Thomas Jefferson, an American slave born in Virginia.
My favorite part of the book comes near the end, when Charles and Thomas meet for the first time. To picture a former slave, now a freed man speak of his time on the plantation and how he met Jesus. Then for him to speak so boldly, yet gently into the life of Spurgeon, who is held as highly influential among Christians of all denominations, was the most beautiful and touching chapters. I felt as though I was back in time, in the room with them, witnessing it for myself. This book is a beautiful story of redemption, friendship and how God weaves our stories together.