(Book review) How The Light Gets In

Reviewed by: Mary Clapp

Ministry Title: former church librarian


Title: How The Light Gets In

Author: Jolina Petersheim

Publisher: Tyndale

Publication Date: 2019

Format: print book

Length: 350 pages


This story begins at a funeral where a young women, Ruth, is burying her husband while trying to keep her two and six year old daughters quiet and distracted. Ruth lost both her husband and her father-in-law in a bombing incident overseas. Now Ruth and her mother in-law Mabel are staying with family in a Mennonite community, on a cranberry farm in Wisconsin. The story has many plot twists and turns and you will often find yourself wondering how the issues that come up could ever be resolved.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars. Jolina has written two other books that were equally as good as this book. I would also give 5 stars to The Midwife and The Outcast.

Suggested Audience

I would definitely recommend this author and this book for your church library.

Christian Impact

Jolina touches on some very difficult topics in this book: suffering, grief, loyalty to family, and marriage issues. She approaches these issues from a biblical perspective and creates an unforgettable story. You will see some parallels to the other famous story of Ruth.



Interested in reviewing a book, movie, album, or other type of media for our website? We would love to hear from you! Find out more about how to submit media reviews.

How the Light Gets in

About Ceil Carey

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

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: