To Dance Again
Strains Of Silence by Bethany Kaczmarek is a contemporary Christian novel that tackles the subject of domestic abuse. It is a gritty read and while there are no explicit scenes, Bethany Kaczmarek does not shy away from the damage and impact on lives.
Domestic abuse may be verbal or physical. It may start small and escalate or it may start big. It is never the victims fault and it is always wrong. The pain is huge affecting every area of life – waking or sleeping- and all members of the family.
The novel shows the support given by both family and friends, who show unconditional love and offer protection.
Do Not Forget
Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is the most beautiful and heartfelt contemporary Christian novel. At its heart are children – children who need love, care and to know that Jesus loves them.
The novel is written around a mission trip to El Salvador. Here there is much poverty and neglect. Orphaned children are abandoned. Even children with parents are neglected, unloved and seen as useless commodities. Words spoken over them in anger remain lodged in their hearts – useless, worthless, unloved. These children need to know God’s heart for them. They need to experience love and compassion. “We cannot save the world… nor the children of our school, but we can impact the life of one.”
A Difficult Topic
Lydia’s Song by Katherine Blessan is a Christian novel dealing with the evils of trafficking and child prostitution. It is difficult reading but as these things go on, we do need to be aware of them.
The novel has two time periods… 2036 and thirty years earlier. The action is seen from the viewpoints of Lydia, an English teacher in Cambodia and ten year old Vietnamese Song. The story, begun in 2006 is completely wrapped up for the reader at the end.
The reader is also educated in the history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge for those who have not grown up hearing the troubles and corruption on the news.
A Sweet Read
Love’s Journey by Emily Murdoch is a Christian historical novella and a fabulous story to kick off a new series. It was a sweet, gentle read which I enjoyed.
There was the theme of searching. The tenacity of which reminded me of the Bible story of searching for the lost sheep.
There was also the theme of priorities. Our priorities should be for people rather than land or possessions.
The reader was enchanted by the blossoming of the leading lady. For 1840, she was a modern woman of her time, preferring to rely on no one but herself. Life should not be done in isolation. Sooner or later, pride needs to be swallowed and help accepted.