The Surrogate by Louise Jenson is a contemporary
psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat as your
heart races to the conclusion – definitely a ‘wow, wow, wow’ moment. I really
did not spot the ending coming.
As I read The
Surrogate I prided myself that I ‘knew’ exactly what was happening – how wrong
was I?! Louise Jenson cleverly drew me in before releasing me down a dead end
road. She is a very talented author and I have the utmost respect for her
ability to weave a tale.
The action alternates between ‘now’ and ‘then’
from differing points of view. It is all very cleverly done.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a contemporary novel about
life, families, truth and lies.
The novel was a consuming read. I
found it a slow burn at first but very quickly it became a ‘wow’ read.
Families are complicated affairs, especially
where teenagers are concerned. The reader witnesses sibling rivalry, the
pushing of boundaries, first love and the implications that follow.
People are hiding secrets. Some secrets will
break them if they come out but the burden of carrying them is heavy.
How much can money buy? Some characters seem to
think that money talks and they can buy anything – but money cannot buy you a
loving relationship. The richest person in the novel has very little money but
a heart full of love for her daughter and the vulnerable and the hurting.
Pressing Into God
The Veil by Blake K Healy is a powerful Christian book about living
within the spiritual realm. There is the personal testimony of the author as
well as a narrative showing how to receive this spiritual gift from God.
It is important to know who you are in God and what He says about you and over
you. We need to press into our relationship with God. “Knowing who you are in
Christ determines how you think.” We need to focus our minds on God. “Make your
relationship with God the core of your identity.” Let His word be the fragrance
in our lives. “When you’re a child of God, you change everything you touch.”
There are things that may keep us from hearing
God, such as fear and unforgiveness. The enemy wants to keep us from God but he
has no power over us. “Demons have no authority over you unless you give it to
them.” Our identity is in Jesus and what He says about us.
Drawing Closer To Jesus
When Jesus Answers by Loren Loving is a comprehensive book designed
to help us draw closer to God. “Life
is… a journey back to where we were created to live.” We come from the Father
and we shall return to the Father. We are just passing through this life but we
do not journey alone. Jesus promised to be with us every step of the way.
I loved the idea of Jesus as a ‘Passionate
Pursuer’. He calls our name – are we quiet enough to hear Him?
This book is full of godly lessons, scriptures
and personal testimonies all designed to help us in our relationship with
We are called to worship. Each chapter suggests
songs to listen to.