All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese is the most beautiful contemporary Christian novel that will leave you smiling as you celebrate the goodness of God.
The story is about the riches of life. These riches are never found in possessions or bank accounts. These riches are found in people. We see characters’ lives opening up as they realise that their true worth is found within. They are more than the clothes they wear. They are more than all their mistakes. They are all priceless sons and daughters of the King.
The main setting is in a house for older teens who have left the foster system. They are all trying to make a life, whilst carrying their baggage from the past. They “were more than the scars they wore from their pasts.”
Everyone is unique and everyone has individual talents. We need to celebrate our uniqueness and stop trying to mold ourselves into the shape of another. “Stop trying to hide what God has created to be seen.” Celebrate the gift you have been given.
None of us know what tomorrow brings. We need to trust God and “don’t borrow worry.”
Lives are not always able to be controlled by us. Things will always happen that are out of our control. In the midst of the storm, rest in the arms of the Father. Trust His timing. “God continued to prove His timing was right on schedule. Even when that schedule wasn’t made by me.”
A character has known God but drifted away. “I spoke to the God I’d believed in as a girl.” All of heaven rejoices when the prodigal returns home.
God offers each and every one of us the free gift of salvation. We cannot earn it. We cannot buy it. It is a gift freely given. “There’s nothing you can sacrifice that’s worthy of what God gives us freely.”
We see the importance of sticking to our moral code. Nothing is ever worth losing our self-respect for. We need to be able to stand tall as we look at the face in the mirror.
I adored All That Really Matters. It totally warmed my heart. The lead character was a breath of fresh air. Her enthusiasm was infectious and her heart was huge. She used her talents and her resources to help those around her. Her generosity knew no bounds.
This is a feel-good read that shows the importance of people and of God. You can be materially rich but spiritually poor – and then you would have nothing that mattered at the end of your life. Invest your life in people – as their world opens up, so does yours.
All That Really Matters is a beautiful read.
I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.