The Best Christmas Present Ever
Midnight Clear by Autumn Macarthur is the most delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the third book in the Huckleberry Lake series. It will warm your heart whilst simultaneously tugging at your heartstrings. You will be smiling one minute and wiping tears the next. This story is one of great joy and even greater pain.
The reader is drawn into the story from the start. From teasers we know something truly awful happened but we question what, why and when.
The story is an exploration of grief. Grief will either draw us to or from God. One character presses into God, they “need to lean on God’s support harder than usual for a while.” This character chooses to trust God in the midst of pain. “He trusted the Lord planned for his good, no matter what.”
In contrast, another character pulls away from God, preferring in their grief to vent their anger on God and others. In spite of the anger, the character has been praying but “keeping on praying when all… prayers went unanswered felt more and more pointless.” It feels like prayers are hitting a brick wall and every request is met with silence.
God’s silence never equates to absence or inactivity. However when our pain is all we see, we edge God out of the picture. We think because we do not see Him, He does not see or care for us. God waits for us to stop pulling from Him and to return to Him and trust Him.
The novel is about persistent love – both of God and of people. Love as portrayed in the novel, has all the qualities displayed in 1 Corinthians:13.
A wonderful air of warmth and friendship pervades the whole novel. I adored it. I have yet to meet a book by Autumn Macarthur that I didn’t like. They are all wonderful but don’t take my word for it – try Autumn Macarthur’s books for yourself.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.