What Hindered Love by Melanie Tillman

Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear

What Hindered Love by Melanie Tillman is a beautiful contemporary retelling of the book of Hosea. It is a story of the faithfulness and love of God who will never give up on us nor forsake us.

Life may be hard and we erect walls to protect us. “Let God in… behind those walls.” These walls imprison us. They separate us from living the life that God intended. The walls need to come down.

We look at ourselves and judge us to be unworthy. We foolishly and wrongly believe that God would not want us. “Do you even see me, God?” God sees us and God wants us to know Him.

In our misunderstanding of God’s character, we believe God does not want us. “If she wasn’t even worthy enough to darken the doors of a church, she sincerely doubted God would hear her.” Sometimes others do judge us. Churches are not made up of perfect people, far from it. Churches are made up of imperfect people in need of a Saviour. We must try not to misrepresent God to others. God is a God of love, not an angry father figure pointing the finger and scolding.

Adolescence is a confusing time. Our hormones often overtake our brains. We need to know that we are not alone when we mess up. Others have walked the path before us.

There are the themes of addiction and single parents. Both are frowned on by some, and helped by others.

The characters were well drawn, realistic and likable. I absolutely adored the two young boys with their mannerisms and love.

A mother’s love is fiercely protective. The love of God for us is huge. What Hindered Love is a book of love – a love that perseveres, a love that is unending, a love that envelops us all, a perfect love that casts out all fear. This love is perfectly summed up in this quote:

“No matter what you do… no matter how many times you run, nothing can make me stop loving you.”

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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