A Child Of God
Grace Immeasurable by Gina Holder is a marvellous contemporary Christian crime suspense. It is the third book in the Shadows Over Whitman series but can be read as a stand-alone.
There are the dual themes of repentance and redemption. Our actions always have consequences. We always have the choice to choose our paths in life. It is never too late to choose to repent of our bad choices and to finish strong.
God is the God of restoration. He longs to restore the years the locusts have eaten. No matter what we have been facing or going through, God never leaves us to walk alone. He walks beside us. He renews and He restores. Great is His faithfulness.
We need to be careful as to the voices we are listening to. “You’re not good enough. You’ll never good enough.” This is a lie from the enemy. We need to listen to the life-affirming voice of God who says we are enough and we are loved.
A character is crumbling under lack of self-worth. “Why did God create someone like me? I’m such a mess … I just want to be loved. I just want to be seen.” The character needs to see the face in the mirror just the way God sees it. God sees us as priceless. He paid for us with the blood of Jesus. We are children of God.
There are the themes of forgiveness and forgetting. “I can’t [forgive]… I just want to forget.” We must forgive or risk imprisoning ourselves in bitterness. We must not continually dredge up the past, it will not do us any good. God says ‘no fishing’, our pasts have been dealt with. If we do not forgive, we are guilty of hubris and placing ourselves above God.
Trust is a major theme. We see a character continually giving second chances and placing her trust in people who keep letting her down. This is in the hope that this time, they will come through.
We witness a struggle with guilt and regret over actions in the past. A life tries to always help and do good after a childhood trauma follows them into adulthood.
I have enjoyed this Shadows Over Whitman series. It has been exciting and filled with the love of God. I can recommend all three books as we see the heart of God for His children.
I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.