Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme centering on the subject of books. The question for this week is:
Suggested by Joy:
If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which book would it be? And how would you change it?
I wouldn’t really rewrite an ending: I respect the author’s decision to end things as he or she sees fit. But I have wished for a different ending some times. The only one that comes immediately to mind is Angela Hunt’s Uncharted, reviewed here. Of course, I can’t reveal the ending without spoiling the book, but it is very sobering. It fits with what the book is portraying, and the warning that choices have consequences, some of which cannot be undone, and that we only have a short time in life to make the right choices or rectify wrong ones. The ending does reinforce the gravity of the message, so it is justified and understandable. I guess there is a part of me that wishes the characters could have somehow had a wake-up call and have been allowed to make changes based on what they learned, yet I understand that a happier ending might have taken away from the message of the book. God does warn that “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3), and some day an end will come for each of us, with no do-overs, and we need to be prepare for that now.