Burning Hurt is well written and easy to read. Poignant, emotional, full of drama yet deeply spiritual. The characters are like us, the everyday hero of faith, the Christian couple, and families with secrets, moral failings and hope anchored on God's word. A very powerful story of the far reaching consequences of un-forgiveness, careless sexual exploits and some societal misnomer.
The Prologue drew me in as Unyime painted a vivid picture of the main character's dilemma, which is the central theme of the book. Unyime portrayed the rich culture of the eastern region of the country and specifically Akwa Ibom. I found the village setting to be the most fascinating bit of the book because of the history, the traditions and the characters.
The central message of the book is the issue of 'sowing royal oats' and it's corresponding repercussions, and the efficacy and power of prayer. I loved the way she delicately handled the spiritual aspect of the book without being too preachy. It was astounding and very well done. I am glad she didn't shy away from that. Thank you, Unyime.
I come away from the book with these thoughts: prayer works, the Holy Spirit is at work in our daily lives and to the degree to which we allow him. Our past if not dealt with will always play catch up with our present. There is no gain in un-forgiveness and there is no hurt God cannot heal.
I can confidently say that this book is following closely on the heels of 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe.