Grounded In God
There are many themes but the main one is God’s love. God loves each and every one of us. Even when we mess up, God still loves us and His grace covers us.
Linked in to the theme of God’s love is the subject of fathers. God is our perfect heavenly father and He loves us unconditionally. Earthly fathers are not so perfect but within the book, the reader sees the lengths that Clay goes to to try to be a perfect father.
Events in the past have the ability to make or break us. Clay is a victim of his past. A traumatic happening dominates his life. Clay was angry with God and rather than turn to God, Clay has turned to whisky. The bottle has become his rock and his life is spiralling out of control.
As a Christian, Clay mistakenly believed that he would be protected from bad events, but life is not like that. However in the bad times, we do have a saviour who walks alongside us and who will never leave us.
Within the novel there is an injured bird whom Clay cares for. He names the bird Kip. Kip can be seen as a motif for us. The reader is reminded that God cares for the birds of the field. Kip is safe in his cage but longs to be free. We too, are safe in God’s will but when we step out of God’s care, life can be dangerous.
There is the theme of forgiveness and grace. Everyone messes up at times and God’s grace covers our sins. People will hurt and disappoint us. We need to dispense forgiveness or past events will rule and destroy our present and future.
The novel is written in the first person in the voice of Clay. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with him and his struggles.
I really enjoyed The Lost Truth. T K Chapin’s novels are always excellent and grounded in God. He portrays the struggles of ordinary people with ordinary problems. It is easy to empathise with his characters.
A perfect afternoon’s reading.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.