All manner of things

Reviewed by:

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


Book Title:

All manner of things


Susie Finkbeiner



Publication Date:





441 pages


If you have not read Susie Finkbeiner, you are in for a treat. Her fiction is easily read and in All manner of things, filled with instances of conflict and resolution, some well resolved, others not so much. It is easy to relate to her characters and feel yourself part of the story.

The Jacobson family has consisted of Annie, her two brothers and her Mom almost as long as she can remember. Her father left long ago, most likely suffering rom PTSD after the Korean conflict. But the arrival of her father back into their lives after so many years and then her brother Mike’s enlistment in the Army during the Vietnam War, bring many emotions to the forefront. This is the tale of the entire family, including grandparents, too, but it is really Annie’s story as she comes of age and how the family changes affect her.

Filled with letters between various friends and family members, this correspondence adds to the telling of this story as well as many references to Scripture and trusting in the Lord that “all shall be well”. Highly recommended


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction and historical fiction, particularly the Vietnam War era

Christian Impact:

There are many different types of conflict demonstrated in this book, each one with lessons to the reader about responding to difficulties and grief.

All Manner of Things

About Ceil Carey

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

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