‘I Will’ To Life
One Saturday Evening by T.K. Chapin is a contemporary Christian romance. It is the third book in the Diamond Lake series but can be read as a stand-alone. As with all T.K. Chapin’s stories, it is packed full of godly themes and has God at its heart.
The novel is about letting go. Letting go of the past. Past hurts need to be left behind in order to move towards the future.
The theme of forgiveness links in to this. God has forgiven us and we need to forgive others. If we don’t then we are ruining our future by letting bitterness and anger dwell in our hearts.
Unbound Hope by Joy Ohagwu is a Christian romantic suspense novel and what a cracking one it is. It is the second book in the Pleasant Hearts series but can be read as a stand-alone. Unbound Hope is Erica and Jim’s story.
Unbound Hope gives God the glory as it focuses on the power of God and the power of prayer. “Remember who you are and whose you are.” God longs to have a relationship with each and every one of us. He wants to be part of every area of our lives. Being a Christian does not prevent bad things from happening but when they do, God walks alongside us. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
Prayer is just a conversation with God. Jim prays to God about every area of his life. “Talk to God before you say no.” He realises the importance of taking everything to God in prayer. Erica has yet to learn this. “Why couldn’t she even pray? Was she afraid to hear God say yes?” Erica fears her past will exclude her from God’s promises.
What A Year
On 30th August 2015 in the early hours of the morning, my church caught fire and was completely destroyed. The auditorium was gone along with offices, the coffee shop, hair salon. We awoke to the news via Facebook that there had been a fire and church was cancelled. As the pictures emerged and there was a report on the local news on TV, so it seemed very bleak.
It was so upsetting to have your church gone. To me it felt like God had gone too. I had so many memories of meeting God in that building, my baptism, my daughter’s baptism. Tears had been shed, Jesus had been worshipped. Good times, bad times… so many memories. As our pastor later said “Buildings don’t change people but what happens in them does.” What an awful day.
All Is Revealed
Like A Bee To Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand is the third and final book in the Honeybee Sisters series. It has been a fabulous trilogy and I am sad to see the end of it. Once again it can be read as a stand-alone but it is far better to read the books in order.
The exploits of the Honeybee sisters, their unconventional Aunt B and the cats – Farrah Fawcett, Billy Idol and Leonard Nimoy – delight the readers once more.
This novel focuses on Rose, the youngest and quietest sister. Rose is carrying a heavy burden. It’s a burden that she refuses to share and it’s root is in the past but it is affecting her present and has the potential to ruin her future. “No amount of wishing or even praying would change the past.” Rose needs to hand her burden over to God and remember that Jesus has already gone to the cross for all our sins.