God Vs Scientific Theories
Liberty: Romance Out Of A Clear, Blue Sky by Kenneth Sumerford is a contemporary novel exploring the question of God against the backdrop of a scientific atheist. There is also romance budding.
The novel presents both the Biblical aspect and the scientific explanation. I am not a scientist so some of the theories and detail presented went completely over my head. It did not detract from my overall enjoyment though.
Delightful Native American tales were included to show their beliefs on creation. They were surprisingly similar to the Christian stance.
Grounded In God
The Amish Midwife’s Secret by Rachel J Good is the most delightful Amish romance that will leave you smiling.
The novel is dominated by medicine – the small town family doctor and the Amish midwives, one a trainee. Traditional herbal remedies exist side by side with modern medicine and hospitals. Often for the Amish, gut instinct is the order of the day.
The novel deals with guilt and forgiveness. He wanted to “atone for his guilt. But nothing he did could ever erase his past.” We all make mistakes, it is not our role to drown in guilt. Jesus paid for all our sins on the cross so we do not ever need to atone for anything. We must forgive ourselves. Guilt is a heavy burden to carry and not one we are meant to pick up. If forgiveness is given by God, and it is, we would be guilty of hubris if we do not forgive ourselves.
Accessible For All
Mary Knew: A Biography Of Mary From Ancient Scriptures by Irene Baron is an account of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Irene Baron has used ancient and biblical texts to produce a very personable read.
Mary Knew is not designed to be read instead of the Bible but alongside it. We know very little about the life of Mary but Irene Baron has pulled everything together to produce this fabulous and very approachable account.
Mary becomes a fully rounded 3D character in her own right, showing she is more than just the mother of Jesus. Set apart before she was born, the reader ‘feels’ the anguish, shame and desire experienced by Mary’s parents as they longed for a child. We share their elation when their hopes come true. Mary was a much loved child, dedicated to God and used in a way her parents never imagined.
Never Too Old For Fairy Tales
The Magic Of Christmas by Nora Roberts contains two modern day fairy tales showing you are never too old for fantasy and make believe. Both have characters that warm the reader’s heart. Did I have a favourite? No, both were similar but different and I enjoyed escaping for a few hours.
A word of caution – for me there was a little too much detail in the bedroom scenes so I skipped over them. It did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel though.
The Playboy Prince is a contemporary romantic adventure. There are the themes of trust and deception as masks are worn to conceal true characters. It is a Cinderella story with agents and spies as destruction and devastation are planned. A dashing prince and a loving close knit family mean there is something for everyone as the reader escapes for the afternoon.