I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
Mahan’s Archko Journey
by Lindsey Smith is
a Christian historical novel based on fact. It makes fascinating reading and I
read it in just one sitting.
The story concerns ancient texts about the life
of Jesus. Lindsey Smith puts legs on familiar Biblical accounts of the Gospel,
which is brought to life.
We need to obey the voice of God. Though others
may shun us, it is important to be obedient to God. When we hear the voice of
doubt, we must silence it and rebuke it, for it is a tactic of the enemy to
The Champion Of The Dress
The Wedding Dress
Christmas by Rachel
Hauck is the most delightful Christian contemporary novel about the power of
love. It follows on from The Wedding Dress and it is charming to hear the
continuation of the story of the hundred year old dress.
Perfect love conquers all fear. She was “not open to love because fear still clung to
every part of her.” God does not want us to live our life in the grip of fear,
He wants us to live abundantly free. We need to “replace all your fears with love.”
We need to know we are loved and just Who it is who loves us.
During life’s troubles there is One who never
leaves us. He walks alongside us, lifting us up in times of need. We need to
open our hearts, eyes and lives to Him.
Weapons Of Remorse by Chevron Ross is an epic
contemporary Christian suspense exploring the right to bear arms and gun crime
in America. It is a hard read at times as people suffer at the hands of others.
The novel explores gun crime from several
points of view, some with a vested interest in guns. Others have them because
they have to. We see the guilt an Afghan veteran feels as his job was kill or
be killed. He found no glory in war. He obtained medals but said they were “something
that came from war. Nothing good ever comes from war.” This veteran walked
closely with God and “was never embarrassed to talk about God and needed Him
even more after Afghanistan.”
Others experience trauma too including a police
officer who fired in the line of duty. Guilt riddles their lives. And then
there are those who argue that it is their right to own a gun. Living in
England this is an alien concept to me. I identified with those who were
against owning a gun. I cannot see why anyone would want to have a gun but that
is the culture I have grown up with.
We need to know God, then when the hard times
come, and they will, we can lean on the Rock who never fails us. Prayer is
important. Prayer is just talking to God but we receive a peace that passes
understanding when we realise that God’s got a handle on our lives and nothing
The novel deals with guilt and forgiveness. We
need to confess our sins and receive forgiveness. We need to dispense it too.
Often the face in the mirror is a hard one to receive and to give forgiveness
to. No one is ever too far from the heart of God. “God could love and forgive
even me.” Some characters ooze forgiveness, others become angry and hard.
Empires And Legacies
In His Father’s
Danielle Steel is both a historical and contemporary epic novel that follows
the fortunes of a family.
The reader travels from Buchenwald to America,
from poverty to wealth, from family to empire. The novel is a journey to
discover the true meaning of wealth – and that is always found in people. The
wealthiest people in the story are not those with the most money but those who
lived, loved and survived Buchenwald. They are the ones who realised the true
wealth was in people as they witnessed the fragility of life. “Being Jewish had
become a death sentence overnight.” Survival was a lottery.
The legacy of the camps was fear. It hung over
lives forever – the fear that it might happen again. It was not something that
could be shaken off. Family was precious. Money was a necessity. It could buy
life. “Don’t live by what we were afraid of.” Passing fear down to the next
generation is not a good idea.
As the novel progresses, the reader sees love
being eroded and characters being seduced by wealth. “Diamonds always helped.”
The reader projects the end before a character does. Wealth can bring choice
but it can also be a prison to be trapped in a cycle of work – money – more work
– more money etc.