The Same Yesterday, Today, Forever
A Time To Rejoice by Juliette Duncan is a powerful Christian novel that really warmed my heart. The book shows that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The miracle working God of the past is still in the same business today.
Life is not always easy but God is faithful. “I loved you at your darkest.” When life hits hard, God never abandons us. Though we may walk away from Him, He awaits our return. “Show me the way back” is the prayer that God longs to hear. There is much rejoicing when the prodigals return.
There is the theme of healing – healing of hearts and minds. As parents we long to see our children walk with God but until they do we “just have to be patient and keep on praying.”
Juliette Duncan is not afraid to tackle gritty relevant issues. In this book there are some troubled souls battling alcohol and drug addiction due to the weight of guilt. “He wasn’t an abuser; he could stop when he wanted.” This is a lie we tell ourselves. The truth is that we need the help and support of others to walk with us on the road to recovery. We are called to live out our faith and to be the hands and feet, eyes and ears of Jesus. When we see our fellow man in need, we must step in and help. We must preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words.
The novel tackles the dreaded subject of cancer. Juliette Duncan is sensitive in her portrayal.
I really enjoyed A Time To Rejoice. Juliette Duncan always writes novels that honour God with realistic characters fighting their own battles who need the compassion of others and a big dose of God.
I will leave you with a powerful quote:
“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to Whom you belong.”
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.