Summer of Light

August 21, 2007 Categories: Books , Reviews | 12 Comments  

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I just finished listening to Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer on audiobook, and I can’t say enough about this book. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, lump-in-your-throat poignant, and thought-provoking. How often do you get all of that in one book?

Mick Brannigan is an iron worker. He’s (mostly, like any of us) happily married with three kids. He likes his life – but it gets turned upside down when a string of freak “accidents” puts him out of work and turns him into a stay-at-home Dad.

His wife needs to work for the health insurance, because their youngest son, Dillon, has just been diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder. My sister has a son who has a mild case of this, so I know that it is no laughing matter, but I have to say that the passages of the book that describe the way Dillon experiences the world are hilarious.

At first, Mick thinks that this stay-at-home Dad stuff will be a breeze. At first. Then reality sets in, and he experiences many of the same issues we moms are faced with: monotony, being starved for adult conversation, the never-ending pile of laundry, trying to mold the characters of our kids.

As Mick learns to love his kids, he also discovers his God-given talent for photography. It is a gift, pure and simple, and He begins to wonder about the God who gave it to him.

If you’re wondering just how funny this book is, I could not listen to it at night in bed, because I kept laughing aloud and then muffling my face in the pillow so I wouldn’t wake Kevin. And in the midst of all the hilarity of a red-neck father raising three spitfire kids, there are some great themes of forgiveness, redemption, and just letting go.

5 stars


  1. CarrieF.

    Ohh Sounds like a good one…I’ll have to pick it up at the library!!! Thanks!

  2. Karen

    I just read this book last week and LOVED it too!

  3. Birdie

    Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like a winner!

  4. Lawanda

    Haha! Rednecks? Right up my alley ;) I’ll add it to my list, in case I EVER get to the library! :)

  5. Robin

    Sounds like a good book club recommendation. We just finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, and it was a truly meaningful read, but SO sad. This upcoming month, I’d like us to do something a bit more upbeat.

  6. Brandi

    I read and reviewed this book back in June for Christian Fiction Online and really enjoyed it as well. One of my boys has SID so it was easy for me to relate to so many things happening in the book. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it as well.

  7. Jennifer, Snapshot

    Sounds great! I especially love listening when it’s funny. I’m not sure if my husband thinks it’s weirder when I laugh at my ipod or laugh at my book, but either way, I like to laugh!

  8. Carrie

    SOLD! I feel like I HAVE to read it ….NOW!

  9. Framed

    Great review. Sounds like another book for the TBR list.

  10. Sherry

    I read this book In MARCH, and I still haven’t posted my review. I’m just a wee bit behind.

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