A Worthy Heart by Sara Beth Williams is a powerful contemporary Christian novel about the awesome love of God.
God loves us unconditionally. He loves us even when we do not love ourselves. He loves us even when we mess up. And He loves us even when we do not feel worthy of His love. God’s love is nothing to do with how we see ourselves. God’s love is about how He sees us. If we are caught up in sin, God’s love sees us as we could be. He swoops in and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. When we go searching for God, we will find Him.
God sends others to journey alongside us. He knows just who we need and when. The church provides support and fellowship for us. Believers lift each other up.
There is the difficult topic of domestic abuse. It takes place in the form of emotional, physical and verbal abuse. A character squashes another into believing that they are unworthy and it is their fault that the abuse is happening. Lies are spun that are believed. “He always promises to stop. And I believe him every time.” The abuser is verbally sorry in order to hook the victim in. “It won’t happen again. He apologised profusely.” Some relationships are toxic and we may need help to untangle ourselves.
The novel is about true friendship. Friendships that look out for each other and build one another up.
Healing is another theme – spiritual, emotional and physical.
There are fractured families within the novel. God longs to adopt us into His family. Earthly fathers may fail us, our heavenly Father never will.
God hears our prayers. He rescues us from our situations as He hears our cries for help. We must be sure to listen and to obey when He speaks. Sometimes it is a time for action. Sometimes it is a time to just sit and wait.
A Worthy Heart was a powerful and emotional read. At times the reader’s heart breaks. It is wonderful to see love in action as God’s love covers the whole novel.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.