Desire Of My Heart by Heidi Gray McGill is a delightful Christian historical novel fully grounded in God. It is the first book in the Shumard Oak Bend series.
The novel is about trusting God and waiting on His perfect timing. “He’s [God] never late, we’re just impatient.” As we journey through life we desire things NOW but it is only in the waiting that we are learning and growing.
When life seems uncertain we can always trust God. He has perfect plans for our lives. He knows just what we need and when. “She cried out to God… She knew He heard her, but His response seemed silent.” In God’s silence he is still active.
Prayers are communing with God. We need to be sure to remember to be silent and to listen for His answers. We ‘hear’ Him in our hearts. Sometimes we do not know what to pray but God hears the longings of our hearts. “God hears our prayers even when we aren’t able to voice them.”
We are urged to preach the gospel at all times and if necessary to use words. “She had glimpsed his heart in his kind words and actions.” God tells us that it is by our fruits that we shall be known.
The theme of taking care of the widows and orphans is a major one. Needs that are identified are met as a community pulls together.
The characters were all warm, welcoming and well-drawn. They bring a smile to the reader’s face with their love and care.
Desire Of my Heart was a charming read with strong biblical lessons for us all to learn.
I received a free e-copy from the author. All opinions are my own.