The Samaritan Bueno

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Reviewed by Teri Graff, Staff Writer
The Samaritan Bueno by Jack Weyland. Published by Granite Publishing and Distribution.

This is a wonderful tale of a young man who struggles with his conscious, his beliefs as opposed to what his parents would expect him to do. It is not a typical tale of wonderful young man doing everything his parents have taught. Rather, it is about a youth who follows his heart and chooses to help a family in need, in spite of what he knows his parents would want, but most importantly he feels his grandfather would be disappointed. I found his dilemma not only heartwarming but very applicable to conditions in this country where we have so many wonderful people coming into the country illegally. Not all are wonderful but the majority of these people are struggling to provide a better future for their families. They struggle with language, new customs, and extreme prejudice, often from people one would one would least expect it.

Dan and his friends mistakenly deliver a Christmas box to the wrong address only to become involved in the lives of a young mother and her children. They pool their resources to help her with rent and food, then Dan also withdraws his college money to help her obtain a false SS card, causing him unexpected problems with a government worker, possibly derailing a college education, going on a mission, perhaps even losing the girl of his dreams. Fortunately, in the end all turns out well but this story really makes one question how we view and interact with other cultures, legal or not. They are still children of our Heavenly Father.