There are many themes including those of fear and trust. If we are not careful, our fears will rule our lives. “Stop running from what scares you.” We need to “face [our] fears.” Fear will bind us and keep us prisoner. Jesus came to set us free. We need to turn to God and put our trust and faith in Him to guide us.
Faith is the opposite of fear. We cannot fear when we know that God is in control. Trust in God means whatever we face, we do not face it alone.
On the cross Jesus defeated our fears. “Don’t let the devil reclaim ground you’ve already crossed.” Whatever we face, Jesus has already defeated it. The victory is ours. We must silence the voice of the enemy who wants to remove our focus from God.
We all need people to believe in us. We need people who will stand by us, encouraging us and speaking life into our situations.
The novel shows how we need to choose to praise in the storm as well as in the good times. “God always smiled down on him, whether life was good or not.” We need to know that God is on our side at all times. We cannot stop life happening but we can choose how we respond to it.
Love and grief are also topics within the story. We have to be able to love someone so much that we can let them go to ” release [them] to dance on those streets of gold.”
The characters are wonderfully drawn. They are realistic, not perfect, with their doubts and fears. Real 3D characters who elicit an emotional response from the reader.
The reader is treated to two very different festive locations. We move from hot and sunny Africa to cold and crisp Budapest. The frosty festive fare really tempts the reader and contrasts with the equally tempting hot sandy beaches with roaring waves. A ‘real’ experience all from the confines of my sofa.
A Time To Love will tempt your taste buds, warm your heart, restore your faith in humanity and ultimately point you to the One who loved you so much that He died for you.
A wonderful, warm and welcoming read.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.