What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading

The Man on the Bench


by Eric Leslie
Christian Faith Publ

Sister Elizabeth Oettel

One winter morning I looked out my window and found that we had, indeed, gotten the eight inches of snow that was predicted. As I continued to open my window blinds, I was worrying about who I was going to find to plow my driveway (since the last person who did it was no longer plowing) I opened the last blind and saw, directly across the street, a truck with a plow on the front and, on the side of the truck, a number to call for snowplowing and shoveling. I called the number and that's how I met Eric Leslie, the author of The Man on the Bench.

Eric plowed my driveway that day and, during our conversation afterward, he told me about a book he wrote. He asked me to read it and let him know what I thought of it. I'm grateful that I did.

The Man on the Bench is a book about finding God, about faith, and about the fact that God is always with us, even when we don't realize it. The book is fiction and the message told through story, particularly the story of a man who doesn't seem to have a place for God in his life. After experiencing loss, he comes to realize that God does have a place - and a purpose - for him. The characters are so well-developed that they seem to come alive. I couldn't help but be touched by their hopes, fears and experiences. I felt as though I was right there in the story. I found the book inspiring, giving me a lot to think about and reflect on, and even some things to wrestle with.

The author is a native of Ridgway, PA and presently lives and works in Saint Marys, PA. This is his first novel, although a sequel is already in the works.

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