The Ripple Effect
When Hearts Collide by Sara Beth Williams – oh wow what a fabulous contemporary Christian read about second chances and a God who loves us.
Sara Beth Williams has a wonderful easy style, marvellous plotline and realistic characters who have flaws and struggle with real life issues showing that they are human, not perfect.
We all have pasts. “God… loved him regardless of his past.” Our pasts never exclude us from the present and a future with God. God can take our messy lives and transform them into something good. He does some of His best work using broken vessels.
There is the theme of forgiveness. God forgives our sins and grants us new beginnings. Likewise we must forgive others. If we do not, we will be guilty of hubris. If we cannot forgive in our own strength, we must tap into the almighty power of God.
Grief affects us all in different ways. Grief is a turning point but sometimes we remain frozen in time. In our grief we may lash out at God. “My family was happy once… Before God abandoned us.” “God does not abandon people. People walk away from God.” He walks alongside us, longing for us to return to Him. “At his lowest point… that love had found him and changed him.” When we are lost, God searches for us until He finds us.
Memories can be painful. Sometimes we need to avoid old haunts and seek out new ones.
God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today, forever. He doesn’t cause bad things to happen. People have free will and make bad choices. “None of the bad choices people make in life affect God’s view of us.” Thank you Lord for loving us when we are unlovable and when we mess up. God loves us because it is His nature not because it’s in His job description.
Sara Beth Williams is a new author to me but I certainly want to read more by her. With an engaging style, I was hooked from the very first page. Lovable characters grab at your heart and pull you in. Absolutely fabulous.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.