The Second Half

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey

Ministry Title:  Long time book discussion leader and co-president of ECLA



Title: The second half

Author: Lauraine Snelling

Publisher: Faith Words

Publication Date: July 2016

Format: Paperback

Length: 369 pages


Life so often changes in just a moment. It could be a phone call informing us of a love one’s death or that dreaded call to the boss’s office or a bad report from the doctor. These startling changes happen to all of us.

The Sorensons were approaching retirement, hopefully the best years of their life. Any retiree would know just how they felt. Then the call comes. Their son Steig is being deployed immediately as a special forces officer in the Army to destinations unknown. Since his wife walked out on him, he has had sole custody of their two children. Who can he call on for help but his parents? Now those grandchildren they had looked forward to spending time with occasionally had become their total responsibility. They would be parenting again, this time grandchildren!

This is the story of their life adventure as Ken and Mona care for their grandchildren in their son’s absence. The fears, the joys, what the Lord teaches them as they take on this charge.  Although seniors may have a special interest in this subject, it will be enjoyable reading for any adult. Lauraine Snelling writes a wonderful tale with something for each of us!


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Adults will enjoy this story, particularly those nearing retirement.

Christian Impact

The author clearly illustrates God’s hand in our lives and in changes we have not anticipated.

Used by permission from the Christian Library Journal.

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The Second Half

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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