A Hope & A Prayer by Julie Lessman


A Hope And A Prayer by Julie Lessman is a powerful Christian historical novel with lessons for us all.

The action is set towards the end of World War II in Europe and then moves to post war America as we follow lives adjusting to peacetime.

Julie Lessman doesn’t write cosy Christian novels. She writes gritty realistic stories showing struggles and temptations that will resonate with modern audiences.

We witness a character battling alcohol and women addictions. His upbringing has led him to this point. He has tried everything but God. “Get on your knees and pray for Him [God] to get a hold of you now.” When we are down to nothing, God is up to something. Some of His best work is done with broken vessels, if we would just realise our need for Him.

There is a beautiful, kind soul who shines the light of God’s love wherever she goes. She is compassionate, praying where she sees needs. She realises “aside from our love, our prayers are the most important gift we can give.”

When God prompts you to pray, we must pray. Sometimes our prayers are the lifelines needed by others.

Marriages need God at the centre. “She will settle for a man who not only loves God, but lives for Him too.” We need a marriage of three. Our lives need to be living and loving God, totally focused on Him.

God has the power to redeem and restore. He will restore the years the locusts have eaten if we would but trust Him.

There is the theme of taking care of the orphans as we witness the love and care given to a poor little soul. This reminds us that God longs to lavish His love and care on each and every one of us, as He welcomes us into His family.

A Hope And A Prayer was a powerful novel that shows the love of God in action. It is a realistic read that speaks to our hearts.

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


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