So begins Birdie Wainwright's recovery under the harsh care of her physician daughter-in-law. Birdie discovers that more than her ankle needs healing. God must heal relationships between Birdie and her son and his wife. God must renew Birdie's relationship with her grandson. And God wants to grow Birdie. The question is, can all this be done as Birdie begins to see, touch and talk to Huck Finn?
Had I read this book 20 or 30 years ago I would don't know that I would have enjoyed it, but I must say that as a reader in Birdie's age bracket Seeing Things was a sweet read. Patti Hill has the wonderful ability to create with words, pictures, feelings and sensations of a contemporary older woman. She did this not just with the character of Birdie but she took me from anger and contempt for the daughter-in-law to tears as I ached for that character's hurt.
Hill's use of humor and down-to-earth honesty gives us the opportunity to consider what is required from us to allow God to work in and through hurts, misunderstandings, hidden feelings and love to bring about forgiveness, healing and growth in our relationships.