Learning To Trust Again
There are many themes in the novel but one of the main ones is that of a feud that actually happened several hundred years ago. It is so long ago that no-one really knows why the Atkins and the Townsons refuse to speak to each other and dislike each other intensely. T K Chapin shows that this is not God’s way. God wants us to extend the hand of friendship. If this is not possible in our strength, then we must ask Him to help.
Linked in to the feud is the theme of prejudice. We sometimes are quick to judge others based on what we think we know about their relatives. This is wrong. We are never meant to judge anyone. We are meant to love them.
The theme of love permeates the novel. There is the love of a parent for their child, the love between couples, but far greater than these is the love that God has for us and expects us to extend to others. We can go to church all we like but that does not make us a Christian. We need to have a relationship with God, follow His teachings out of our love for Him and put on love as seen in I Corinthians: 13.
Within the novel there is the theme of loss. The loss one experiences through death is a huge one. We need God to help us cope and bring us through.
Linked in to the theme of loss is the theme of trust. Charlotte’s husband walked out on her and their three children two years earlier, before the novel opened. She has experienced a huge loss that has left her with trust issues. She needs to forgive her ex husband and learn to trust again.
I really enjoyed A Change Of Heart. It was just perfect for an afternoon’s read. I love all T K Chapin’s novels as they always contain great godly values whilst being rooted in the real world.
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