Shop On The Corner by Lin Stepp

Faithful One

 Shop On The Corner by Lin Stepp is the most charming contemporary Christian novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The action is set in small town America where the residents are warm and welcoming. The cover really sets the scene and this is re-enfored by Lin Stepp’s rich descriptions. Her words paint vivid pictures in the reader’s head.

A major theme surrounds re-purposing furniture, giving it a new lease of life. This reminds the reader that God is in the re-purposing business. He takes our dirty lives, washes us in His blood and clothes us with His love and gives us a new start in Him.

We witness a character who appears to have repented of past ways and turned a new corner – but the act of going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going into a hamburger joint makes you a hamburger. Appearances on the outside are shiny new, but the heart is still rotten.

Listening to the heart of God will give us the roadmap for our lives. “He [God] was stirring up my nest to make me want to fly.” God will always equip us wherever He sends us.

The reader is reminded of Philippians where we are urged to worry about nothing and to pray about everything. “We’re going to have faith that God will right this and we’re not going to get into fear. That’s not from God. Neither is worry or anxiety.” Wow! – That is so powerful. God sees the bigger picture, we only see a small part. We can trust God with our one and only life. A wonderful gem by Erma Bombeck is quoted: “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.”

When we receive answers to prayer, we must remember to thank God. “[He] sent up a little thanks to God.” God always longs to hear from us and He delights in us.

All the characters were realistic, warm and welcoming. They lodged in my heart and felt like dear friends.

I really ‘lived’ Shop On The Corner – so much so, that when I got up, I started wondering how Laura was getting on in her new upholstery shop! That’s the sign of a truly good book it becomes ‘real’ to me. I was actually disappointed when I realized Laura was only in my life because she was in a book!

I always enjoy all Lin Stepp’s books. They are positively delightful. I will leave you with my favourite quote:

“She [Nannie V] always defended God when I tried to blame Him… for life’s sorrows He never brings.”

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


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