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Miles From Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti is a beautifully written Christian contemporary novel. The words are healing balm for your soul. Let them wash over you and restore your hope in love. The story is “in search of a secret passageway to hope.”
Cynthia Ruchti writes about issues that are relevant. In this novel there is a marriage in crisis. “Marriage isn’t about avoiding discomfort. It’s about commitment.” Possible health problems become a road block in a relationship. Instead of running towards each other, fear pulls away. When fear rules our life, there is no room for God. We need to exercise our faith muscle so at the end of our lives, people say “She walked as deliberately as she could… toward Jesus. I didn’t lose her.”
If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura is a beautiful contemporary novel that will make you think and re-evaluate what is really important in your life.
The novel is reminiscent of Dr Faustus as a deal is done with the devil. The devil wants our focus to be on him and not on others or on God. The devil wants to keep us ‘me’ focused and worshipping at the altar of me, myself and I.
Within the story we learn how the world would function without various bits of stuff. Not unsurprisingly the world still turns without stuff. Stuff is just stuff. We buy it, collect it and hoard it but it’s just stuff.
The Light by Robert Jones is the most beautiful children’s Christian book that answers the question ‘why am I here?’
I think The Light is suitable for ages four to adult. It is perfect to read to young children, accessible for early readers and simply beautiful for adults.
There is great beauty in the text. Its simplicity belies a deeper meaning. Let the words sink into your soul. “There are days of clouds and … of sun. Through it all, the Light shines.” Jesus, the Light of the world never leaves us, no matter how awful our external circumstances seem, He is right there beside us.
Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Talkers Of WWI by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is a marvellous epic Christian historical read preserving the memory of the role of the Choctaw Indians in WWI. I knew nothing about these brave men but have been educated upon reading this book.
The reader is given some background into the treatment of the Choctaws in America. Horrifically they could be punished for speaking their own language and were seen as inferior to white Americans. Ironically it would be their native tongue that would play a crucial role in WWI.
The Choctaw people were not savages, although the Germans believed them capable of barbaric acts and were scared of them. The Choctaws knew God, thanks to missionaries. “I didn’t have the answers for all the tragedies in this corrupted world, but I knew the eternal answer.” When life is tough we must focus on the world to come. The Choctaws knew to put their trust in God. “He was all around me, in life and death… I made the decision to put my trust in Him.”