King Here

Never Too Old, Too Rich or Too Anything to Meet Jesus

Christian - Non-Fiction
186 Pages
Reviewed on 11/07/2019
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

In her inspiring book, King Here, Trish Porter Topmiller tells the story of her father, Charles “Chuck” King, from his early life to his meeting with Jesus during his last years. A successful man who started his career in real estate development, King later lost a considerable part of his money and became addicted to pain pills. Topmiller recalls the most significant events of his life, telling both amusing stories and sad events. If reading that King was always late makes you smile, the passages where he and his daughter have to deal with the loss of their loved ones will remind you of how harsh life can be. However, in the end, God is there, waiting for you, and Chuck King’s life can be a way to reflect on God’s plan.

King Here conveys a message that we need to hear more often nowadays. Indeed, it is never too late to meet Jesus, and even though God’s aim is not always clear, He has a plan. Topmiller explains this thought with such delicacy and liveliness that it is a pleasure to read her words. She makes her father’s story relevant to readers who have not known him. He becomes a familiar figure thanks to the many anecdotes and events Topmiller shares. I especially like the “Chuckisms” (Chuck King’s inspirational quotes) Topmiller uses at the beginning of many chapters. They reveal the wit and insight of their creator. Moreover, the author’s spontaneity and honesty make you value her account and reflections even more. On the whole, I consider King Here a delightful read in which Topmiller made her point gracefully.

Rabia Tanveer

King Here: Never Too Old, Too Rich or Too Anything to Meet Jesus by Trish Porter Topmiller is the story of finding God regardless of who you are and where you are in your life. This is the story of Trish and her family as they found God at their own pace and on their own. Her father, Chuck King, was a successful man; he had a great family, a successful business and a life that he could be proud of. Throughout his life, he thought his success was his and his alone. But life has a way of making you rethink things in the worst way possible. So when he fell from grace, lost his health and became an addict, he finally realized what was missing from his life. He found God when he was at his lowest and this made him realize that, even in the condition he was, his life was better than most.

This is a wonderful journey of life, of finding God and then holding His hand until the very end. This is such a beautiful tribute by a daughter to her father whom she loved dearly. You can tell by the way the story is told that the author loved her father very much. She uses the most loving words to describe her father’s life, even when she was talking about his addiction. She paced everything in such a calm and gentle way that the story acts as a soothing balm to the heart. I loved how she shared her family dynamic, made it accessible to everyone and ensured that everyone opens their hearts to God sooner rather than later.

Jamie Michele

King Here: Never Too Old, Too Rich or Too Anything to Meet Jesus by Trish Porter Topmiller is a non-fiction Christian book that delivers a message of hope to those who are fearful their aging relatives might not ever find their way to Christ. Topmiller writes this book as a memoir-styled biography of her father, Chuck King, alternating between her father's upbringing and her own experiences with him through a series of vignettes. After a full and (mostly) fulfilling life of believing that he was completely self-made, King ultimately acknowledges to the shock and delight of those who knew him that God was paving the way and righting the ship for the whole journey. Topmiller then offers advice and hope to readers that it is never too late for—and to never give up on—those who appear to be beyond redemption, even when they come to Christ and fall away once more.

King Here is a beautifully written and inspiring story that feels both relevant and personal. Trish Porter Topmiller writes with the kind of comforting prose that anyone can understand, and offers a degree of hope that many believe is out of reach. I liked how each section began with a “Chuckism” (ie: “If you don't like the answer, ask a different question”) or the wise words of another extraordinary individual, and is sprinkled with scripture as it applies throughout. Chuck King comes across as a titan of a man, certainly one who cannot be swayed into the light. And yet, he is...and it all comes together in a biography that makes a reader see the true generosity of God.