“If she could only find it, Lucky was pretty sure she’d be able to figure out the difference between the things she could change and the things she couldn’t, like in the little prayer of the anonymous people. Because sometimes Lucky wanted to change everything, all the bad things that had happened, and sometimes she wanted everything to stay the same forever.” (from The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron)
I am enjoying the Newberry Award winning, The Higher Power of Lucky for the second time. The first time I read it, I didn’t write down any quotes but I have thought about it many times since. Today, when I was picking it up at the public library, I noticed that Patron has written another book called Lucky Breaks. I am looking forward to reading it next. I love The Higher Power of Lucky, which is about a ten-year-old girl who listens at the door of the “anonymous meetings” in her effort to find her own Higher Power.
My husband and I are part of a church that is comprised mostly of recovering alcoholics and addicts. I have learned a lot by going to church with people who have learned to be so transparent about where they come from. But I have sometimes been concerned about the children who hear such, um, honesty.
This book opens with Lucky listening to a “rock bottom” story through a crack in the door of the AA meeting. I love the ten-year-old point of view, how she wonders what she would do if she hit rock bottom, how she feels sure she could gain some control of her life if she could find her Higher Power, how she self-examines, and how she hopes.
I hope that the children in our church will learn from the “rock bottom” stories that they overhear. I hope they never have to go down the road that so many of our fellow church members have gone down. I hope they get to learn how to turn their lives and their wills over to their “Higher Power” without first becoming powerless over some addiction or learning just how unmanageable a life can get.
By the way, as a “normie” (non alcoholic), I don’t know all of the rules or traditions so I’m not sure if this is okay to say. But my Higher Power is Jesus Christ.
(Oh, and a warning for parents or teachers wondering about content: the word “scrotum” appears on the first page of the book and a few other pages referring to the place where a man’s dog was attacked by a snake at the time when he hit rock bottom. Lucky wonders what the word means when she hears it through the door.)