This is an out of the ordinary read. The characters are an interesting bunch - a tattooed monk, a scarred woman, a woman born with no limbs, a high power politician and many others. Little by little you learn about the losses and heartaches of these quirky individuals. They each have valuable lessons to learn and teach throughout the book about forgiveness, love, and reconciliation. The chapters alternate presenting information from different perspectives and time frames. It sounds confusing, but its really easy to follow since each chapter is marked telling the reader who is speaking and in what year.
One thing I enjoyed about this book was "knowing" a few of the minor characters from reading Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. The material shared in Will and Lisa Samson's book - Justice in the Burbs is also presented in this novel. If you haven't read either of those books, I highly recommend them.
As the lessons of Embrace Me became plain I couldn't help but think of a dear friend of mine who gave up the luxuries of this world to serve others. She and her husband have traveled to third world countries and now live in the inner city of Chicago learning, loving, and sharing with their neighbors. They are an inspiration.
Who can you love and/or forgive today?