Of Mercy And Grace And Love
Season Of Memories by Jennifer Rodewald is the most charming Christian novel and the nineth book in the Murphy Brothers series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the previous books first for maximum enjoyment.
This book concentrates on the Murphy brothers parents who have been married for forty years and had seven boys. On the surface, life looks ideal but it hasn’t always been that way. The marriage had a rocky start but God was faithful. “One should delight … in the goodness of God.” Sometimes it is not always easy to see God in the middle of the storm. “She wanted to spit out a pray harder because it’s not working.”
Throughout life’s struggles we can see the goodness of God when we look backwards. “Life was uncertain but God was unchanging.” In the tough times we see that “God works in hard places.” When we are in a pit, we can be sure that God is right there with us.
In the hard times, we need to “remember how God had been faithful in the past.” It is in looking backwards, that we find the courage to step into the future.
There are difficult questions for which we shall never know the answers. “Why do God’s people go through hard stuff?” We are never promised an easy life but we are promised that God will never leave us nor forsake us.
We see a character who fears repeating the pattern of behaviour of his father – but we are not destined to repeat the sins, we can choose a different path. The character is drowning in bitterness over his lost childhood. “God… Forgive me. For all the years of stored bitterness.” God can redeem and restore the years the locusts have eaten.
Season Of Memories is such a charming book. It remembers the past and looks to the future. We see God working in the past and in the present, and we know He will work in the future. God is full of mercy and grace and love.
I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.