Tomorrow’s Shining Dream by Naomi Rawlings is a most delightful Christian historical novel. It is part of the Texas Promise series but can be read as a stand-alone.
I enjoyed meeting up with some familiar faces. Naomi Rawlings draws some wonderful, warm characters. The leading two had some charming verbal exchanges. The reader witnesses the chemistry bouncing off them. There were some highly amusing moments as the leading lady is accident prone.
The main themes were forgiveness, guilt and grace. We all make mistakes that we need to learn from and not drown in a sea of guilt. “God forgives… you don’t have to spend the rest of your life paying for one mistake.” God meant for us to live in freedom. When He says “forgiven”, we need to believe Him.
Likewise we must forgive others. To fail to do so merely shackles us to a moment in time. Who are we to think we can elevate ourselves above God’s word? He tells us to forgive and we must do it.
We are all sinners in need of grace. We need to be open to receive His grace and we need to extend grace to others.
Misunderstandings occur when we try to either hide our feelings or misinterpret others. We need to be honest and truthful in all things.
The best plan for our lives is always God’s plan. Man’s plan will always be biased. God’s plan is for us to thrive.
There is the theme of treasure. He made “choice after choice based on what would grow both the ranch and his bank account.” True treasure is never in money and stuff. True treasure is found in others and Jesus. We need to be sure to choose wisely.
I am loving this Texas Promise series. I always love Naomi Rawlings novels. The stories are always fabulous and include the heart of God.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Thanks for the lovely review, Julia!