Clayton's Chronicles - Book Review

Clayton's Chronicles

Author: Jere Steiner
Genre: Non Fiction - Memoir
Publisher: FriesenPress
Date Published: May 29, 2023
ISBN-10: 1039160735
ISBN-13: 978-1039160736

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Book Review of :  Clayton's Chronicles


Clayton's Chronicles by Jere Steiner is a captivating memoir that delves into the life of the author's uncle, Clayton Harley Steiner. A celestial being named Beemer is given the task of chronicling the life of Clayton Harley Steiner, which adds a bit of levity to the narration. With a keen eye for detail and a hint of mischief, Beemer brings humor to the story, albeit under the watchful eye of the Celestial Big Boss's appointed celestial editor. When Beemer attempts to embellish Clayton's life, he is quickly reminded of his role and the importance of staying true to the facts.

Clayton was born in 1941 in an Amish community just after the Depression. His mother, Bertha Steiner, gave birth to Clayton on their farm. His father, Homer Steiner, was deeply religious and hardworking but emotionally cold. The Steiner family maintained a very frugal and disciplined lifestyle during Clayton's early years, and at times the religious fervor bordered on spiritual abuse.

As the story unfolds, Clayton's horizons expand as he ventures beyond his Amish community. He encounters the loss of loved ones and job instability, but remarkably, he seems to grow and thrive through each trying experience.
Two intriguing new women, Clarice and Jeanne, come into Clayton's life after the death of his first wife, Ruth. He finds himself at a crossroads after her death which ignites a series of internal struggles. Clayton considers remarrying, but the fear of judgment from his neighbors consumes him with fear. This adds an extra layer of complexity to his decision. His inner struggles and deep introspection are vividly revealed through conversations between Beemer and a new celestial being named Maammy.

The memoir delves into Clayton's tumultuous life. Amidst his journey, we learn of his deep-seated anger towards his father and discover the root causes that sparked this emotion. Through his revealing sessions with his therapist, long-buried secrets and unresolved issues from the past resurface, which are captivating to read.

Clayton's Chronicles offers an insightful and thought-provoking exploration of resilience, spiritual growth, and the intricate nuances of life. Steiner's writing transports readers into Clayton's world, a man who loved being a Mennonite and being active in his community. He found happiness in his fulfilling marriage and satisfaction and comfort in his simple yet meaningful daily routines. His story highlights the universal themes of love, loss, and personal transformation.

Clayton's Chronicles is a poignant and thought-provoking account that will resonate with readers seeking inspiration and a deeper understanding of the human spirit. Join author Jere's profound exploration of one man's life and discover the enduring power of resilience and growth.

Reviewed by: James B

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