Not A Word by Chautona Havig

Facing The Past

Not A Word by Chautona Havig is a gritty contemporary Christian novel which I really enjoyed. It is a very powerful read that is rooted in God.

This novel breaks down the barriers of preconceived ideas of completely nice Christian girl meets bad boy with a reputation. We are not who others say we are. We are who God says we are. We are unique with our own personality that may be very different from who others perceive us to be.

Gossip destroys lives. Unfortunately Christians are not immune to gossiping. We should shoot it down. “People don’t forget anything in this town.” People often seem to delight in thinking the worst and refreshing others memories about people’s past misdemeanours’, whether allegations and gossip was founded or not.

At its core, the novel has the theme of forgiveness. Jesus modelled it and we should do likewise. Sometimes those in churches can be some of the most unforgiving. We need to learn to extend grace to others.

Knowing the heart of Jesus is key. Jesus is love and we need to show His love to the world. We need to be seen “preaching Jesus without words.” Let us not just talk the talk but walk the walk.

The novel is about choices. “Eventually you have to decide if what people say about Him is true.” To say yes to Jesus is our biggest and best choice ever. There are always opportunities to choose to do the right thing.

Parenting is hard. There is no manual. We need to love and care for our children. Every child is a gift and a blessing no matter what the circumstances of their conception.

I loved all the characters who were wonderfully drawn with their faults and failings. This merely added to their complete 3D roundedness. Young Rory was a pure delight with his observations and amusing comments.

Another smashing read from Chautona Havig that I can highly recommend.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



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