Truth And Grace
Song Of Mercy by Brenda Anderson is a most delightful Christian contemporary novel that is grounded in God. It is part of the Potter’s House series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once again Brenda Anderson has created a charming set of characters, all very realistic with flaws that are so easy to identify with.
Worshipping God should be as natural as breathing but it should not be a public display. Our motivation for worship should always be to glorify God and not to magnify ourselves.
Prayer is important. We all need prayer warriors in our lives who can lift us up at times of need. Prayer builds our relationship with God. “’Pray about it’…’as if God will listen to me.’” We may have walked away from God but He is still waiting to hear from us.
Sometimes in life we feel overwhelmed. “He now knew Someone who would listen and understand and not be burdened.” God wants us to release our burdens to Him and to live abundantly free. “Beating yourself up again.” We need to surrender to God not be chained to the “anchor of guilt.” We must forgive ourselves and others.
We all have a past. We cannot change it. We must not live in it. We must learn from the lessons of the past and move on. “You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it and affect the future.” Our past shapes us. “Every person has a backstory that leads to their decisions today.”
Our choices are ours to own. If we choose wrongly, we always have the opportunity to correct it. “Her choices weren’t God’s fault… She’s shut Him out because of her shame.” God wants to be a part of every bit of our lives. He never says ‘clean up your act and then come to Me.’ God asks us to come just as we are and then He will renew us from the inside out.
Truth is vital. We must live in the truth and in love. Do we have friends who will lovingly correct us if we are straying from God’s path for our lives?
I adored Song Of Mercy. I adore all Brenda Anderson’s novels and cannot get enough of them – all have wonderful, realistic characters facing issues that are relevant to us all, and all are in need of God.
I will leave you with a quote in the book from Amy Carmichael:
“Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.