Making Manna

Product DetailsMaking Manna
By Eric Lotke
Brandylane Publishers
Price: $16.00

Book Description:  Libby Thompson is just fourteen years old when she flees her abusive home with her newborn son, Angel. Now they must build a life for themselves on hard work and low wages, dealing with police who are sometimes helpful-but not always-and a drug dealer who is full of surprises. As Angel gets older, he begins asking questions about his family, and Libby’s tenuous peace threatens to crumble. Can a son without a father and a young woman without a past make something beautiful out of a lifetime of secrets? Making Manna explores the depths of betrayal, and the human capacity to love, flourish, and forgive in the face of heartbreaking odds.


While I wouldn’t call this book a light read, it certainly was an interesting one.   The author takes a compassionate look at the victims of sexual abuse and all that they have to overcome to make it in this world.   The care and detail Lotke took in creating his characters was touching.  This is much more than a book with a message.  It was a book with a call to action. Lotke brought Libby to life for me and made her real.  And Libby’s story made me more sensitive to the topic in real world situations and made me think on how I can help those who are victimized. 

~Reviewed by Sharyl K.