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Christmas usually brings a plethora of entertaining stories about the wonders of the season. Kathi Macias’s Christmas stories bring us subjects to ponder deeply. To the Moon & Back is no different. Alzheimer’s Disease is terrible–robbing people of their memories and abilities to interact with loved ones and other people in their lives. Most stories about Alzheimer’s are told from the perspective of caregivers observing the process. Macias tells the story from inside the person developing the disease-tells us how they feel–how confused, how lost, how alone. But she also gives us hope and reminds us that those of us who are Christians are never alone: God is always with us and will carry us home.
Rachel is not sure what is happening in her life. She only knows life has changed since the accident. She doesn’t seem to be able to remember things, where she is, how to cook, she never seems to be able to take care of her husband right any longer. Peter is angry since the accident–blaming Rachel for everything wrong with his life–wondering why she can’t get it together anymore and do even the simplest things. Their daughter, Lilly, is caught in the middle. She sees what is happening to them both and knows the responsibility will be hers to care for them. Alzheimer’s, you see, doesn’t just affect the person with the disease, but everyone around the person too.
You’ll be challenged by this story, saddened, and made joyful. To the Moon & Back is a story well worth reading. I must admit reading was tough-my dad died from Alzheimer’s Disease and I know what Mom went through as the disease progressed. To lose a parent or a mate before they die is so sad. Kathy makes us realize what they feel too. Four stars.
Kathi Macias is an award-winning author with more than fifty books to her credit. She is a popular speaker at women’s retreats and writers’ conferences. She and her husband, Al, live in Southern California. She’s also a mentor to many and a friend to more.
Kathi gave me a copy of To the Moon & Back, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.