How the light gets in

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader


How the light gets in


Jolina Petersheim


Tyndale House






373 pages


This story is very compelling. Ruth’s husband is killed along with his father in a bombing overseas. Ruth and her two young girls travel to stay with her mother-in-law who lives in her husband’s cousin’s home. Early on, the reader discovers Ruth’s marriage was not a very happy one and really the children were the glue that held them together. The sweet and gentle kindness of Elam, the cousin, touches her heart and emotions in a way they have not been aroused before. In a relatively short time, Elam and Ruth are married, intent to make a home for Sophie and Vi.

But what if by a strange twist, Ruth’s husband is not dead. What will that do to each of them, all Christians attempting to trust in the Lord? How can it be handled with the least amount of collateral damage? And what if there is a child involved, conceived by the new union of Ruth and Elam? But what if the author is only conjuring up a complicated but captivating scenario. Readers will have to decide for themselves.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction and romance

Christian Impact:

One particular issue that is covered is doing the right thing despite how hard it might be.

Other Notes:

Includes book discussion questions

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.

One Response to “How the light gets in”

  1. I appreciate your comments on book. I believe I sent you two books, Papa A LIfe Remembered on A Steeple Chase back in April. I am wondering if anyone has been able to look at them. I understand this is a totally volunteer organization and many books are published. If you have any comments and just a notice that you did in fact receive the books would very much appreciate it. Phil Formo 952 261 3643

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