David felt "different" for as long as he could remember. His parents, especially his mother, recognized it, but were too caught up in drugs and alcohol themselves to really give him the love and affection he desired, thus driving David into the arms of other men to find the love and acceptance he craved. Through his Grandma's involvement, he went to church and gave his life to Jesus at a young age. She moved away and that influence was tossed aside.
Always striving for affection and love, David delved into the Miami gay nightlife, going to and throwing extravagant parties and orgies. Yet throughout all this time, he found neither longtime love or affection. Interestingly, he would hear a Voice, telling him to go another direction, being told 'I love you.' But David ignored the Voice, as he didn't want to be told what to do.
And Then Came Life is intense and sometimes very graphic. It shows the inattentiveness of the parents' input into a child's life because of their own selfishness, affecting the child disastrously. It displays the 'give and take' of bodily gratification, leaving one empty and lost. Most importantly, the book shows the consequences of choosing to ignore the guiding Voice, which, to me, is the voice of the Holy Spirit. It's a choice of wanting to do things one's own way and not wanting to be told what to do or obeying and living a life of true love.
Will David eventually come to the end of himself? Surrender to the Voice? Or continue in the ways of emptiness of bodily gratification? After all, he's now 28 years old, which is getting old in the gay community.
I was grieved throughout the story, not only because of his lifestyle choices and subsequent emptiness, but because of the lack of parental attentiveness due to drugs,alcohol, and social shame. I was also encouraged by the Voice David heard.
Last of all, I want the readers to know that this is based on true events, so they can know there is redeeming hope.
***Special thanks to Robert Parrish for sending me a review copy.***