Exciting And Gripping
The Secret In The Cliffs by Kristin Tucker is a contemporary YA adventure
that is entertaining and gripping from the start. I was drawn in immediately,
engaged and questioning the action.
The novel is an exploration both
literally and figuratively. Teenagers explore caves as well as exploring where they have
been and where they are going. The important thing at that age is to never lose
face. The caves are exciting as bits from the past are unearthed.
Mysterious men who seem to be
after the teens all add to the suspense.
The Father’s Heart
Mercy’s Promise by Lynn Landes is a fabulous
Christian historical romance set after the American Civil War.
War is a terrible thing – some wounds are
visible, some are not. War changes personalities – things that have been seen
cannot be ‘unseen.’ Men returned full of anger and pain. In those days, there
wasn’t any help. Today we would diagnose PTSD as nightmares reign.
Survivor’s guilt is a terrible burden to carry.
“ ‘What bothered you most about being a soldier’ ‘Surviving.’ “ God does not
want us to live under a burden. He wants us to live abundantly free. “You have
to choose between holding onto the past or being thankful for what remains.”
The past is gone. We can trust God with our future.
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.
There is the difficult theme of domestic abuse. The outward bruises are clearly
visible. The inner pain runs deep.
Two hurting families come together. This
reminds the reader of Esther who was here ‘for such a time as this.’ God can
and does use all our circumstances. He can be trusted.
Love, Love, Love
The Space Between Us by T.K. Chapin is a marvelously powerful
contemporary Christian novel about love. This love is not a love that
diminishes this is the love of God for His children and the love of His
children for each other. It is a love based on 1 Corinthians 13. A love that puts others first. A
love that takes care of the lost and the lonely.
I love the idea that “God is pursuing you.” No
matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, God wants a relationship with us.
The novel explores parental relationships.
Earthly parents may fail us but God never will.
Trust is a major theme. We need to trust God
with our lives. He only wants the best for us. “God’s not a genie… He has a
plan. I just need to trust him.”
We must never judge others. We do not know what
they have been through. “ ‘You here to preach?’ ‘No… I’m here to love.’ “
Re-shaped By The Master Potter
Home Another Way by Brenda Anderson is a delightful
contemporary Christian romance. It is the eighteenth book in the Potter’s House
series but can be read as a stand-alone.
God is at the very core of the novel. We are
all called to be His eyes and ears, His hands and feet to a hurting world. “We
were God’s hands and feet.” The story surrounds the plight of the homeless. We
are to be “Jesus to broken people.” People become homeless for all sorts of
reasons, they need to be shown hope and love, not judgment. They need to know
that they matter. “She was seeing them, every person, and making each feel
Sometimes it seems as if the homeless are
invisible as people walk on by. Every homeless person is dearly loved by God. “We
need to see them not as homeless people, but as children of God.”