The silence of grace intertwines within this anecdotal review from Percy, a child born to divorced parents in rural Appalachia in the early 1940s. World War
II is coming to an end, and a fear of communism smothers his community as they struggle to maintain their dignity to endure everyday living. He is
encompassed by a strong spiritual family and adults friends who give encouragement and advice. However, Percy’s perception of himself is tattered and broken
from guilt. Many children have these unfounded guilts, which are very real. The perceptions of a child are always different from those of others who witness
the same events. This narrative of nonfiction gives Percy freedom to cradle his own perceptions of his truth through the muddy journey as a young boy
slaying his own dragons with bittersweet victories.
Percy’s confidants have diverse backgrounds. Mr. Billingsley is his mentor in religious matters when blood family doesn’t fit the needs of the moment.
Dude is a man’s man who gives all the worldly advice a boy should have. Doc is the intellectual coach for encouragement for loftier youth dreams. Walker
serves as the back-seat driver to challenge and humble Percy at every turn. Walker’s personality develops Percy’s embryo of benevolence to find a meaningful
Because of the historic nature of the book, seasoned citizens can use it to reminisce with their children and grandchildren and others in their circle.
Teenagers may read the book and get a glimpse into the past and be consoled that they are not alone with their demons. Grade-school children can easily read
the book for entertainment because of the youthful language. People of faith may find hope within to be their victory and be encouraged by circumstances
that surround the limited Bible verses. Tom, Dick, Harry, Sally, and Betty can just pick up the book and read for pure pleasure.
Percy’s grade-school education began in a one-room schoolhouse in southern Appalachia, which he attended during grades one thru six. The fear of
communism permeated his rural community. Rich in Christian ethics and tenacity, Percy achieved his master’s degree and worked as a soil conservationist. He
retired on Sand Mountain, Alabama.