Cruel Harvest is an account of Mrs. Grubb’s childhood with an abusive father and a migrant lifestyle. She paints a picture for the reader of what her life was like living with a man who tormented her and her family, and what it was like to watch her family fall apart. You also get the chance to see glimpses of her attempt to bring her family back together in adulthood. Through all the trials of her life, you can see that Mrs. Grubb holds on to God and does not allow bitterness to overcome her.
It was hard to put this book down once I started to read it because I couldn’t wait to see the happy ending to such a tragic childhood. You can’t help but get a sense of what this woman went through as you read her words. The abuse and degradation that she overcome is an encouragement as you see that she did not allow her childhood to defeat her. I like how she uses her meetings with lost family members to tell the stories of her childhood and move the book along. This is not a self-pity story, but rather a story of perseverance and faith. You can’t help but take stock of your own life and walk with God when you read about this woman’s faith and ability to let go of bitterness. I would not recommend this book if you are easily upset, but I do think this is a book well worth reading.
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