Standing On Holy Ground
Everywhere Holy by Kara Lawler is a powerful book
about finding God everywhere. – He is in the mundane as well as the miraculous.
We find Him in the valley and on the mountaintop. We meet with God in nature
and in church. God is everywhere we are. He is nowhere we are not. “I could
meet Him everywhere and anywhere if I’d only look.”
God is alive. He is with us now. We have not
left Him somewhere in a past experience. The author explains that the same God
of her childhood is the same God of her adulthood. She changed. He does not.
There are times when life feels like we are
walking through a fog. We need to know that this too will pass. Whatever we go
through, if we look for God, we will find signs of Him everywhere. “A holy
beauty is everywhere.”
We cannot stop life happening to us but we can
choose how we respond. We need to let go of what we cannot control and breathe
in blessing. “There is no mess too big to stop me from seeing life in colour.”
Remember when we can’t, God can.
Dark Corners by Darren O’Sullivan is a cracking
psychological thriller that will have the hairs on the back of your neck rising
as the tension builds.
The novel has two time frames – now and twenty
one years earlier – the action is inextricably linked. The reader holds their
breath as the novel counts down from six weeks before the event. It was to be
an event from which no one recovered and an event which would forever bind the
Secrets unite and secrets split apart. A secret
shared may be a trauma released or a burden picked up. PTSD follows the
characters down the years.
The House At
Silvermoor by Tracy
Rees is an epic historical novel set in the south Yorkshire coalfields and
beginning in 1897, moving into the new century.
The reader sees the hardship of the time. The
miners are at the mercy of their superiors and the coal face. Their days are
long and dangerous. Their futures bleak. It takes guts, determination and
dreams to break out of the mould. The reader ‘experiences’ the hand to mouth
existence. If the miners don’t work, they don’t eat. Tragedy is never far away.
The turn of the century saw a society very much
divided into the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’ There was a strict hierarchy that was
Against this backdrop, friendships form. Some
friendships always think of others first, even sacrificing their own dreams.
Some are kind and loyal.
Co Pilot For The Journey
Star Rising by Janet W Ferguson is a charming
contemporary Christian novel that will warm your heart and soul as you read
about a God who loves us far too much to ever let go.
God’s presence wafts over the whole novel. We
see characters who are new Christians trying to set their lives in alignment
In contrast we see characters who let life’s
disappointments pull them away from God. Life may be hard but it will be even
harder if we withdraw from God.
The readers hears of child abuse that shaped a
character. At first, in pain, a character turned to drink and drugs but then “she’d
learned to take her pain and anger to God.” She had to “remember, you can’t.
God can.” When life is hard we must press into God. Let Him exchange our pain
and anger for His peace.
We all need second chances because we all mess
up. In God, it is never too late to have a fresh start. If once we knew Him but
we walked away, the good news is … God will never let us go. He holds on to us with a passion and He will not
stop pursuing us until we rest in Him.