Simple But Powerful
Will God Still Find Me? By Vikki Walton is a delightful picture book based on Romans 8:39 “neither height
nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from
the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The book has simple rhymes backed up with
repetition. Its message is simple and clear, providing a perfect starting point
for a discussion about God’s love.
A Warm Welcome
Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts is a deliciously
wonderful feel-good contemporary offering. It will warm your heart and soul.
The novel is a real assault on
all your senses, with much of the action around puddings. The reader can almost
‘taste’, ‘smell’ and ‘see’ the delicacies. My taste buds were awakened as I read. It is very pleasing to have
recipes included at the back of the book.
The characters are as warm and welcoming as the
kitchen they cook in. The majority are female with the nurturing touch that
wraps around the reader. The characters are multi-generational as three
generations try to recover from a tragedy.
Much of the action is set on a Northumberland
farm. Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to ‘walk’ through the
Where Dreams Come True
You Say It First by Susan Mallery is a delightful fun
filled contemporary novel that focuses on love and weddings.
Love is a complicated affair. There are some
awkward family dynamics. “She’d been taught that love… had to be earned.” Love should
be unconditional in a family but sometimes we try and try but never seem to be
good enough. It may not be our ‘fault’ but the ‘fault’ of the person
withholding the love due to their background.It is a heavy burden to carry.
There is the question of belonging. Finding out
that you are not who you thought you were produces tension within a family.
Love may hurt. Love may fail but surely true
love is a risk worth taking?
Champions Of Love
The Stepper: God’s
by Jerrad Hardin – wow what a beautiful, beautiful book about love and life and
a God who relentlessly pursues us. The
Stepper is a work that will really soothe your soul as you read about the
beautiful relationship that the author had with his grandfather.
Jerrad Hardin’s grandfather was full of life
and love and humour. He taught the author many life lessons. A diagnosis of
lung cancer did not get him down. It merely gave him time to spread his love
wider and deeper. The author however battled to see God. “If God is there, why
is this wretched disease here?”
Many meaningful conversations happened. I loved
the description of death. “ ‘Maybe it’s [death] like turning off a light.’ ‘No,
Grandpa, death is when the light turns on.’ “