Bringing A Bible Story To Life
The Scarlet Cord by Debbie McQueen is a Christian historical story of Rahab. It is beautifully written, taking the bare bones of the biblical story and enhancing it with Debbie McQueen’s imagination. It is not meant to be read instead of the Bible but alongside it, as a means of understanding part of the Old Testament. Several OT stories are woven together in the tale.
There is the theme of God’s goodness and faithfulness. In a time of many gods, the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was the only true God. It required faith to worship the unseen. “The key was to trust, believe and have faith without knowing all the answers.”
God uses willing people. “Let me be available to you, to help your people.” God rewards faithfulness. He does not necessarily call the qualified, He qualifies the called. God wants a willing heart and He can supply the rest.
The Ripple Effect
The Power Of Prayer by Lorana Hoopes is a powerful contemporary tale about the incredible power of prayer.
When we pray, God listens and answers. Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do. Jesus encouraged His disciples to pray. We are to pray at all times and need to remember “Never to assume something was too big for God.”
In times of crisis, we need to mobilise prayer teams. Prayer gives us something we can control in an uncertain world. Prayer can bring peace.
The novel is also about God’s plans. He has a plan for each and every one of us. Whether we choose to draw near to Him and accept His plan for our lives, is up to us.
Beautiful… A Timeless Classic
The Ruby Float by Rick Nau is a most beautiful Christian allegory. As with Rick Nau’s other book, Theodora’s Children, this story is timeless and relevant yesterday, today and forever.
The Ruby Float is a story within a story. As the children sit at the feet of their great grandfather, the reader is reminded that Jesus told stories and people sat at His feet to listen. Within His stories were great truths, and so it is with The Ruby Float. Jesus asked that we come to Him as children. The Ruby Float demands to be read through the eyes of a child – wide eyed, full of wonder and open to the truths of the Alpha and the Omega.
The reader is drawn into the story from the start, with delicious descriptions of a picnic, reminiscent of the Famous Five picnics of Enid Blyton.
Blessings And Burdens
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander is a perfectly wonderful Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Belle Meade Plantation series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Tamera Alexander brings history to life as fact and fiction collide within the novel. Set in 1871 just a few years after the ending of the American Civil War, the novel focuses on the plight of the freedmen being educated at Fisk University. Prejudice and persecution due to ignorance still festered within society. White men and women realising that education was the key to freedom, set about providing classes for the former slaves – from very young to very old there was a passion to learn. They met with resistance at times but persevered, knowing we are all created in God’s image.