The Law of Moses is finally here!! Have you shared your #5Greats yet?!
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.
“Five things that are great about today. About life. Go.”
There were more than five things great about The Law of Moses.
Amy’s words. Amy’s characters brought to life. Amy’s heart so big and so full that this beautiful story just poured out of her, Amy’s creativity, and finally, Amy’s view on life and love and living.
It begins with the story of Georgia, a 17 year old girl who works on her parent’s ranch with young children who have a history of problems, either physical or mental or both. Her horses are her companions and she has a very special way with them. She is very close to her parents, doesn’t have many friends but when she sees Moses, she is instantly drawn to him and wants to learn more about him.
Moses was born the child of a drug addict, “the abandoned baby in the laundry basket” and was bounced around from home to home where he was never wanted. No one could ever handle him and his unusual ways. He is a loner. An outcast. Until he winds up with his Great Grandmother, Gigi, Moses has never known love.
Moses has a gift. His paintings are more than works of art. They are stories. Moses paints to drown out the demons in his mind, trying to eliminate the thoughts that swirl around in his head.
But Moses has laws—laws that Georgia wants to break. She wants into his heart, to give love and feel love. Only problem is, Moses won’t let her break the laws. He can’t love. He doesn’t know how. If only Georgia could change the laws. So very slowly, Georgia creeps her way into Moses’s heart.
“I wanted him to paint me. I wanted to stand in front of him and let him cover me in color, let me be one of his creations. I wanted to be part of his world.”
This is a story of love, of pain, of forgiveness, of acceptance, and finally, of faith. You will feel every emotion under the sun. The hairs on your neck will stand on end and you will wish that every book you read would be as amazing as this one.
This book will hurt and heal your heart at the same time. Amy reminded me that there will always be five greats, big or small, every day. She “changed my focus,” even if it was just for a minute.
In Amy’s words…
Again, Amy reminded me of why I read. With every book that she writes, I am blown away by her ability to capture my heart. The beauty of the written word is one that I keep close to my heart. Amy’s writing bursts like color, blinding you with her brilliance. Thank you, Amy. You opened my heart, my eyes, and my mind once again. What a beautiful story.
About Amy Harmon
Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.
Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.
Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.