The Imperfect Offering

Multiple issues that most of us never think of face hospice workers. Not only must those courageous professionals manage the pain and comfort of the dying patient, but they must also navigate the emotional minefield of family issues that surround a terminally ill person. The Imperfect Offering, by Dr. Gary McCarragher, examines these and other topics.

When the husband of a terminally ill patient asks Dr. Thomas Haydn to help him make a large anonymous donation the doc agrees. After hearing the story behind the money, Thomas is uneasy, and seeks the advice of a financial professional. Family members get involved, and things could go awry. Be prepared for a surprise ending that answered the one question I continued to ask while reading.

Hospice workers are angels of mercy, and help not only the dying patient, but the family in general. The Imperfect Offering is a wonderful, thought-provoking story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I recently learned it was awarded Honorable Mention by Readers’ Favorites for 2019.

What Makes this Reviewer Grumpy?

The story flowed smoothly, and was a quick, easy read. It turns out that I read an uncorrected proof copy of the book, so a lot of these things were corrected by the editor before publication. Not all were, as many of them are common mistakes we all make in both spoken English, many writers make them in written English. Unfortunately, many editors let them slide. I have adjusted my “grumpiness” to allow for those corrections:

  • Verb tense disagreement: wasn’t vs. weren’t, come vs. go, bring vs. take;
  • using “try and…” in place of “try to…”;
  • using a question mark at the end of a statement;
  • a lot of split infinitives;
  • misplacement of “only” within sentences;
  • beginning sentences with conjunctions.


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