The Master Physician
For The Love Of Joy by Janet W Ferguson is a charming Christian contemporary novel. It is the fifth book in the Coastal Hearts series but can be read as a stand-alone.
There is a wonderful warm selection of realistic, perfectly flawed characters. They are easy to empathise with as the reader can easily picture themselves in the situations. There is a delightfully drawn young toddler whose mannerisms have been beautifully captured and who endears himself to the reader.
The main characters were driven by guilt and fear. They fear the past repeating itself. God does not want us to live in the bondage of fear. He longs for us to surrender to Him and to trust His plans for our lives. He wants us to live in love and in faith. Perfect love casts out all fears.
“She knew God would never listen to a sinner like her.” This is a lie from the enemy. We are all sinners in need of a Saviour.
Within the novel there is a hospital. Hospitals fix physical bodies. God fixes people on the inside. Church is the support. “No church would want her.” Churches help us heal. Hospitals do not turn away the sick. Churches should not turn away the sinner – or they would all be empty. We all need the backup of the church to help us in our Christian walk.
A house is in need of restoration. Likewise there are souls in need of restoration from God.
We need to have the correct priorities. “Time with people you love is more important than a … bank account balance.” People are the riches that make life worth living.
People are all searching to fill a void. “We all try to fill the emptiness with something.” No matter what we fill our lives with, if it is not God, then we will always be dissatisfied and searching. We all have a God-shaped hole that only He can fill.
For The Love Of Joy was a charming read, grounded in God that will warm your heart.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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