The Final Service
A child’s relationship with their father can be a beautiful bond. He is the example boys want to grow up to be like and who girls compare their future boyfriends to. But what happens when something goes wrong? That’s a point hit on in the book, The Final Service, by author Gary W. Moore.
A daughter’s love for her veteran father deteriorated into anger and bitterness as she grew older and he became less attentive, drank too much, and failed in several ventures. When he dies of cancer after her fortieth birthday, she sheds no tears. She resents that she alone is given the overwhelming task of emptying a large storage barn filled with years of material accumulations — a monumental legacy he left for his daughter. Her emotions, self-doubt, and disappointment spiral downward into depression and alcohol and, in a crisis of faith, she contemplates taking her own life.
A mysterious young man shows up repeatedly at the barn and offers to help her. All he does is talk, but his views on the purpose of life and his surprising insights about her father and their relationship slowly begin to change her attitude.
When she discovers revealing things her father left behind, and learns that his behavior was the result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), her love for him is restored and she is transformed.
But who was the mysterious young man?
“The Final Service is a book about family relationships and how God can use all circumstances for His good purposes. It shows us how God has a plan for us but it is only revealed in His timing. Many readers have talked about how this book has helped them in understanding and resolving damaged family relationships.” — Gary W. Moore
This book is a story of understanding, forgiveness, family and faith. It’s a reminder that the troubles we encounter have a purpose, and forces more powerful than our own are at work in our lives in ways we are unable to fully comprehend.
For those of us who have a veteran in our lives, or served ourselves, PTSD can make a huge impact. For some, it’s not as bad but it can be life altering for others. And it’s definitely a big one in the book, The Final Service, as a woman physically loses her father as an adult, but feels like she really lost him years before as a child.
She is confronted with the task of going through his possessions, which is overwhelming for anyone. But even more so as she considers their poor relationship and history. Then a stranger shows up to help her, not only with the “stuff” but with his viewpoints on life too.
I won’t give away the ending, but you definitely have to read the book to find out all the secrets, insights, and of course, the identity of the young stranger. Plus, the book not only teaches the reader about some PTSD basics, but also helps the reader see different family relationships and how God truly does have a plan for each of us. Hearts can be hard to mend once they are hurt, but we can’t be truly whole until it’s done.
And in the wonderful trend of faith based books coming to the big screen, so is The Final Service! The movie is being produced by Positivity Pictures, to be released in 2017. I can’t wait to find out who will be starring and bringing the characters to life!