The Witness Tree by Denise Weimer is a marvellous Christian historical tale. It will both educate and entertain as factual details are woven into a fictional story. The novel is set in 1805 and the reader hears about the interactions between the Moravians and the Cherokee – some good, some not so good. Over the whole book lingers the fragrance of God.
We all have dreams and desires of our heart. When God is the Author of those dreams in our hearts, they cannot fail. All will be accomplished but in God’s perfect timing.
There is the pioneering spirit as new lands open up. The desire to bring the Word of God to the Cherokees motivates a move. Moravians and Cherokees learn each other’s language so they can communicate. It is important to be able to read God’s Word in your own language.
Education brings freedom and choice. The Moravians were forward thinking in educating girls as well as boys.
At times situations seem beyond our control but we do not need to fear because God already has everything covered. “Cover this situation with prayer. God is in control.” The miracle working God of the Bible is alive and active today.
Life is a spiritual battle. We need to fight this battle on our knees. “We need to be praying right now… That is where our power lies.” We must stand firm on the Word of God. “Words are our most powerful tool for pushing back this darkness. Specifically the Word of God.”
The importance of having a heart for people shines through. “People are more important than causes.” We must make sure we see beyond the cause to the individual.
“Who will speak for the downtrodden?” – I found this incredibly powerful. It reminded me of Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (NIV) Where there is injustice and hate, we must speak up. We must speak the love of God over the people. No one becomes a Christian by being shouted out. We need to show others the love of God by how we live and how we love.
Within the book a beautiful love story buds and blossoms. This journey taken by the two individuals is mirrored by a physical journey. As the wilderness unfolds, lives open up.
I love all Denise Weimer’s novels. The Witness Tree was a great read about a period and people that I knew nothing about – but I do now. Why not travel back in time, steep yourself in history and a smattering of romance, all from the comfort and safety of your sofa. Grab a copy of The Witness Tree today.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.