A Legacy Worth Protecting
Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a delightful Christian historical romance. Fact meets fiction as Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves the real Mammoth Caves into the tale.
The story has warm and welcoming characters with huge hearts. They have little in the form of material wealth but are rich in their knowledge of God.
There is a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Having a relationship with God means trusting Him in the good and the bad times. In our weakness, we can lean on Him. “They’re strong… because they know who gives strength to the weak.”
Part of trusting God means handing our fears and worries to Him. “Hand off yo’ worries to Him, ‘stead o’ stewin’ on ’em.” If we know God, we need not fear.
I loved the authentic dialogue used for the character of Tolly. It really drew the reader into the tale and into his story which tugged at the reader’s heart. “Down here [in the caves] it didn’t matter if a man’s skin was black… the cave accepted all, embraced all, challenged all.” Oh that we could all learn the lesson to love everyone and not judge.
Characters live with one eye on eternity. “Are you heaven bound?” They know, even in their grief, where their loved ones are.
The novel shows that outward appearances can be deceptive. Fancy clothes may be hiding unkind hearts. God looks at the state of our heart and not the size of our bank account.
There is the motif of the dark caves and the brilliant sunshine. What happens in the caves is hidden and in secret. Lives that are practicing deceit need to stop and come out and live their lives in the light of the Son.
The theme of leaving a legacy runs throughout. A legacy is not to be found in bricks and mortar but in people’s hearts and minds. We are called to be a living legacy.
Guide Me Home was a perfectly wonderful book. It taught the lesson of love and spoke to my heart.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.