Delightful & Heartwarming
Lighten My Heart by Lin Stepp is the most delightful contemporary Christian novel. It is the second book in The Lighthouse Sisters series but can be read as a stand-alone. I recommend reading book one first for maximum enjoyment and for character progression.
Lin Stepp always produces tales that draw the reader close to the heart of God. We see how we desperately need God. When we try to do life alone, it is tough. “How much better life is when you live close to God.” When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. As our lives line up with His, His light will shine through us.
We need to stand on the word of God when the tough times come, and they will. “God’s truth resonates in us when we hear it.” When we open our Bibles, God’s word will speak to our hearts. We shall know His truth and His truth will set us free.
A character is imprisoned in bitterness and hurt. Withholding forgiveness always damages us. God wants us to live free. If we cannot forgive in our strength, we need to ask Him for help and we can then forgive in His strength.
Another character struggles with guilt. “He struggled daily not to keep berating and beating himself up… Whatever he did wrong, he couldn’t change it now.” The past is gone. We must learn from it but we must not pitch our tent there. We need to give our guilt to God and learn to live in freedom.
Lives in turmoil are mirrored by a tropical storm – damage is done but once the clean up begins, life can begin anew. God is the God of second chances and fresh beginnings.
Sometimes good people do bad things. Desperation is a terrible master. We need to seek help before acting rashly.
All the characters were wonderfully and realistically drawn. They have their flaws and imperfections, but that is what makes them human. And they realise their need for God.
Lin Stepp creates marvelous tales that reveal the heart of God. Her storylines are realistic showing characters struggling with issues that are relevant to us all.
I adore Lin Stepp’s novels – and my Mom does too, since I introduced her to them last year. We cannot get enough of Lin Stepp’s books.
Grab yourself a copy of Lighten Your Heart today – you will be glad you did.
I will leave you with my favourite quote:
“When we live our lives close to God, He rises within us, and we show His presence to the world around us.”
I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.