Faded Flower And When The Last Leaf
- List Price: $24.99
- Binding: Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Publish date: 09/01/2001
This retelling of O. Henry's classic short story "The Last Leaf" begins with an adolescent girl, Ally, who is deathly ill and angry at God. Her grief-stricken father, a pastor on the verge of losing his faith, narrates the story as it unfolds.
Ally's grandpa lives with the family and has become her best friend. He is an artist who has attempted -- but never been able -- to capture in a painting the essence of God's love. One day, in stubborn despair, Ally declares that she will die when the last leaf falls from the tree outside her bedroom window. Her doctor fears that her negative attitude will hinder her recovery and her words will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
When all the leaves have fallen except one, Grandpa, too, falls sick with pneumonia. After his death, Ally discovers his final painting, his masterpiece -- one that saves her life and finally depicts the true essence of God's love.
This stirring story of anger and love, of doubt and hope, speaks about the pain of living in this world and the reality of the Other World that is not easily seen, but can be deeply felt. Talented storyteller Bill Myers enhances and updates a storyline from one of the masters, O. Henry, and brings to light the awesome power of love and sacrifice.