Songs For A Sunday by Heather Norman Smith is a most charming Christian dual timeline that I adored.
The novel is the heartbeat of God for His children. His love for us is palpable, and the love of the characters for each other is vast. We belong to our earthly family and we are children of God.
Life can be hard but we do not do life alone. “You don’t have to figure it out alone… I’m here. And the Lord is too.” God walks beside us every step of the way. We do not need to see the whole staircase as God illuminates one step at a time. We can trust Him.
When life is hard – pray. When life is good – pray. When you are at a crossroads – pray. “Pray and do whatever you think He’s [God] telling you to do.” Listen for God’s voice in your heart. He will not let you down.
We see characters who have walked away from God because they felt judged by other Christians. “He [God] didn’t turn His back on you… You can’t let the mistakes of some church folks steal your joy in Him.” Sometimes we make the mistake of placing human characteristics on God. God is not human. God is God and His character is love.
The novel is set in two time periods – 1963 and present day. There are two sisters in both time periods. We see unconditional protective love in 1963 but in present day there is friction as jealousy has driven an emotional wedge.
We all have different dreams and talents. Within the novel we see dreams encouraged, dreams sacrificed and dreams on hold. It is very beautiful when we see dreams finally come true.
In 1963 there is a character with special needs. This is not named but I believe it is autism. Little was known in the 1960’s about autism but the character has a very special and unique gift for communicating with animals. There is a beautiful bond between her and her sister too.
I adored Songs For A Sunday. It filled my heart with joy and love, and is simply beautiful as we see God’s amazing grace.
I would like to leave you with the blessing from Numbers that we hear in the book. It is very beautiful.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6; 24-26.
I received a free copy via Just Read Tours for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Songs for a Sunday by Heather Norman Smith, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book
Title: Songs for a Sunday
Author: Heather Norman Smith
Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction
Release Date: February 7, 2023
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction/Southern Fiction/Split Time
Two sets of sisters, generations apart–can one big sister’s sacrifice teach the other about love and forgiveness?
1963: Twenty-year-old Annie dreams of managing the dance studio where she has trained since childhood and of marrying her high-society boyfriend. But when her younger sister with special needs gets pregnant, Annie is forced to set her dreams aside for the sake of family.
Present Day: Missy Robbins has always lived in her younger sister’s shadow. When given the opportunity, Missy steps out of her comfort zone as stay-at-home mom of four to prove she’s as good a singer as Erica. Missy’s new pursuit puts her on a path to self-discovery and reclaiming her discarded faith. Until she discovers her grandmother has a sixty-year-old secret.
Will Missy conceal Grandma Annie’s deception or will she be forced to reveal the hidden truth?
About the Author
Heather Norman Smith is a Christian fiction and devotions author. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage while illuminating the redemptive love of God. She also enjoys singing about Jesus. Heather is a proud life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her fiction. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, N.C., where she lives with her husband and their four children, and several pets.
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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!
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