I have got to say that it was certainly one of the best books I have read this year (as some of you have said). I have felt badly every time I have thought or said that it is beyond the scope of The Help or related to The Help. I think I am just attempting to highlight that The Help was spectacular - but this book - goes way beyond. While the same theme exists in both books (racism) for certain, I feel quite strongly that The Healing represents something a bit different. While written by a white man of the south, it truly hits home on the true issues of being a woman - being a mother. It's about bringing it forward - bringing truth, generational connection, wisdom of womanhood, friendship, motherhood, beyond race...and perhaps I think...it strikes a cord on what all women are looking for and looking to give to the next generation...an understanding, a guide, a gift. The reality is that slavery existed and when told in such a light as The Healing - women of today - can powerfully relate to black women of yesterday who struggled and tried always to provide the wisdom of being a woman. The obstacles and abuse are beyond my understanding but yet I understand perfectly the love and connection. I truly loved the book and can only hope that the spirituality of the book will be scene by others as well. It's not The Help - but thankfully...The Help paved the way for a more clear path for The Healing to explode.