Searching For A Forever Home
The novel is about searching – searching to belong, searching for a home, searching for the lost. The reader is reminded that God searches for us with a passion until we come home.
We have all experienced loss. Tied in to loss are feelings of guilt – guilt over what we did or didn’t do. “The feeling of guilt stops us being closer to the Lord.” We need to hand our guilt and burdens to God and receive His forgiveness and love. We need to forgive ourselves.
We all have choices to make. We cannot be responsible for someone else’s choices. We are only responsible for our own.
The novel has the hard hitting topic of drugs. Drug addiction destroys lives. The fallout has far reaching ripples, especially when the addict chooses drugs over family.
Where do our values lie? For some, value is in money, possessions and power. For others, value is found in people. “I’ve never determined somebody’s worth by how much they are making or by their position in society.”
There are the themes of body image and self worth. The media presents us with the ‘perfect’ body image with disastrous effects for many. The perfect body is always the one that God gave us. We need to feel happy in who we are in Him.
Where is our home? Home is not to be found in bricks and mortar. Home is to be found in the people who we love and who love us.
The saddest sentence in the whole book is uttered by seven year old Junior. “Daddy, you won’t stop loving me because I messed up?” This reminds the reader that God loves us unconditionally, even when we mess up. He will never leave us. We all just need to try our best in our quest to be more like Jesus. “A woman with faults who tries her best.”
Season Of Joy is warm and amusing. The child-like trust is charming. Season Of Joy is perfect for any time of year.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.