All God’s Children
Redeeming Light byMarilyn Turk is a marvellous Christian historical novel. It is the third book in the Coastal Lights Legacy series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is set in 1875 in a small Florida town with a fort. The reader witnesses the reaction of the townspeople to the arrival of the Native American prisoners. Some are fearful and do not trust them. Others see the beating heart beneath and reach out with love and care.
Clothes and upbringing do not make a man. There is far more kindness and compassion within the Native Americans than within the so-called civilized white people. Souls are seen and connected with as hearts are opened in friendship. The reader is reminded that God looks at our inward character far more than our outward appearances.
In contrast to the open-hearted Native Americans the reader witnesses the judgment and under-handed dealings of some of the townspeople.
There is a desire to squash the culture and heritage out of the Native Americans to make them confirm to the white way of life. This is wrong as their rich heritage and history needs preserving.
Within the tale the characters are well drawn, realistic and welcoming. We see the importance of not judging but getting to know the inner person.
Creativity comes in many guises. We need to nurture our creative spirits.
I love this Coastal Lights Legacy series. Marilyn Turk writes such delightful tales.
I will leave you with my favourite quote:
Humans should be treated as humans. These are people not animals. And God loves us all.”
I received a free copy of the book from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.