I have read “Clemo” by Sally Magnusson twice, and both times I was amazed at the way God is able to completely reverse a person’s circumstances. God is well able to “repay the years the locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25).

The story is about the life of Jack Clemo, born in 1916, who becomes a poet and an author. The book has a very gloomy beginning as Jack is afflicted with numerous problems including blindness and deafness. Yet he continued to believe that God had purposed for him to marry. We see God move in his circumstances and the end of the book is a beautiful climax.

I most enjoyed reading about Jack’s developing understanding of his faith. His frustrations with “tepid Christianity” and his understanding of the “emotional aspect of faith”. These facets in particular I found very enlightening.