Daughter by Annie
Murray is a comprehensive historical novel set during World War I from 1915 in
Birmingham. As Birmingham is my home town, I loved knowing the familiar
locations. The Jewellery Quarter is well known to me as I have most of my rings
and earrings from there!
Daughter shows life
on the home front. We see the effects of war on the families left behind. World
War I was a slaughterhouse of young men who were merely cannon fodder. The
grief is palpable. “Her reaching out to God was like a howl that she felt from
the very core of her.” The grief hits and never goes away. Communities and
families drowned in grief.
There is the theme of single mothers. In 1915
unwed mothers and their children were seen as a source of shame. The Silversmith’s Daughter explodes this
myth as a character is surrounded by love. “This is a child, not a dirty
52 Weekly Devotions
For Families Called To Serve by Karen Whiting – wow what an absolute gem for families. It is
beautifully presented with colour to draw the reader in. It is recommended for
families with children aged 4 – 12 years but I think you could push those
boundaries as you are never too old or too young to learn about God. The
devotional is aimed at families who serve but all families would benefit from time spent with God.
As the title suggests there are 52 devotions to
cover the whole year. There is no official starting point so you can begin at
any time of year. Each devotion has a family beatitude, focus and weekly Bible
verse as a header. Then there are activities, a read aloud devotion and a Bible
story connection. Then there are Biblical quotes with discussion points or
questions as starting points for conversation. Each devotion ends with
scrapbook suggestions, tips and a prayer. It may sound like a lot but each
devotion is spread over just four pages for the whole week. You can do as much
or as little as you have time for.
Test Of Faith:
Surviving My Daughter’s Life Sentence by Bonnie S Hirst is the true story of the
remarkable faith of a mother whose daughter is serving a life sentence. This
book is truly inspiring. At times there are naturally wobbles in the author’s
faith but she clings to the hope that God is good. Circumstances may be awful
but God is still good.
There are times when Bonnie Hirst asks “Where
are You, God?” Sometimes it feels like God is absent but God never leaves us.
He sends people alongside us at just the right time to support us.
Prayer is important. When our prayers are
seemingly unanswered, it is normal to wonder “Did I not pray correctly?” Prayer
is not a magic formula nor a lamp to be rubbed. Prayer is always answered in
God’s way and in His timing. Prayer should come from the heart. It may be as
simple as “Dear Lord be with us.”
house in front of me was a vivid shade of blue—bluer than the sky but no darker
than the ocean. The color reminded me of a blue-bird. The windows were framed
with a shade of forest green, and there were two small windows on each side of
the matching door. The roof was old and tattered, but supported the one
lonesome dormer-window in the attic. The flower beds beneath the front windows
were empty but I imagine they were full of vibrant blossoms in the spring and
summer. Trinkets clung to the windows from the inside where a fire illuminated
an empty table covered with a freshly prepared dinner.
wasn’t standing in front of that house to admire the unique colors and decor.
gave me a task.
shoved his elbow into my side as he walked passed me, continuing down a line of
Jewish men and women who were waiting for their next order. “Charlie, kill that
woman. She is out of line,” Sven asserted his command with an authoritative