Joining Down The Years
The Haunting At Bonadventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright is a marvellous Christian dual timeline novel that consumes from the start.
The action is in present day and in 1928. Crimes committed in the past seem very close to home but who? And how?
Secrets of our ancestors travel down the years. We are not destined to repeat their crimes. We have the power to break free but reputations are hard to shake.
There is the theme of parents. God is our perfect parent who will never let us down. Sometimes we project our experiences of our earthly parents onto Him. This is unfair. We should never compare God to man because He is God and they are not. God will always love us and never let us down.
Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink is a fascinating book about books. I was torn between devouring it and savouring it, reading it in just two sittings. For anyone who is a reader, this is the book for you. It will awaken previous books within you whilst igniting a passion for books yet to be read.
The author is a passionate reader and has always been. I recognised myself within her. She opened with one of my favourites, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. She talks about books that have helped and shaped her through life.
A book is never just a book. “Every book offers an invitation to open a door and find a way to another world.” As I read Dear Reader I was reminded of some of the places I have ‘visited’ in books. Books, to me, feel very ‘real’. I often find myself consumed by characters, thinking about them as if they were flesh and blood.
Reading is never a chore. Reading is “a gift that has brightened my days, expanded my horizons, and kept me company through darkest hours.” I can echo the author’s sentiments.
Rebirth And Restoration
Ride With Me by Marion Ueckermann is a delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the tenth book in the Chapel Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once more Marion Ueckermann has created a marvellous cast of characters who will warm your heart. The leading lady is in her late thirties and the leading man is in his forties. It is great to read a romance where the characters are not in the first flush of youth.
Our pasts shape us – our fears have their roots in the past. We need to face our fears and take control so that we can move forwards.
There is the theme of fathers. We may have a fractured relationship with our earthly father but our Heavenly Father will never let us down.
The Hope Of Heaven
A New Hope For Christmas by Erin Stevenson is a beautiful Christian contemporary novel that deals with loss and healing.
Within the novel two families are torn apart by loss. We react to loss in different ways – for some they draw closer to God, for others they pull away.
Grief has stages. There is no magic formula. We each have to find our own way through our journey of grief.
In our hurt and pain we sometimes draw away from God, whilst still realising He is the only One to go to. “He was still so angry at God and did not want to talk to Him, but he had nowhere else to turn.” Whatever we are facing, God wants us to continue to talk to Him.