A Time To Heal by Erin Stevenson

Following His Voice

A Time To Heal by Erin Stevenson is the most delightful contemporary Christian novel. It is the third book in the Canadian Meadows series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with the Kingston clan.

This book focuses on Rand who has been estranged from his family for twenty years. We see parallels between God and the father in the novel as both grieve the loss of their children when they are away from home.

There is the theme of bridges. We see the need for re-building, for trust to be earned and for lives to be forgiven.

Just as a car cannot run on empty, so a Christian needs daily topping up with the Word of God and with prayer. “I begin every morning with a daily devotional and prayer. Fill up my tank.” When we are plugged into the Father, we know that whatever we face in life, we do not face it alone.

We witness dreams changing as we let go of our plans and press into God’s plans.

Jesus tells us to do our good deeds in secret and not to boast about it. This is played out in the life of a character who gives anonymously where he spots a need.

Hollywood exhorts fame, fortune and perfection. It is a very fake environment in contrast to the freedom found in Canadian Meadows.

We are called to live out our faith. “God’s call to me has been to not just sound different, but to be different and manifest my love for Him through my outward actions.” People should be able to see we are Christians without us ever uttering a word.

Prayer is important. Praying partners help to lift us up when we have no words. We need to pray for our children. “The devil doesn’t have a chance against a mother’s prayers.”

There is the theme of adoption. We are reminded that when we come to God, we are adopted into His family.

There is the theme of healing. Sometimes it is hearts that need healing. Sometimes it is bodies. One day we will all be healed completely when we stand in the presence of God.

A Time To Heal was positively charming. I love this Canadian Meadows series and am hoping for many more books.

I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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