The Body Of Christ Pulling Together
Isobel’s Mission Of Courage by Susan K Beatty is a powerful contemporary Christian novel that I just could not put down.
The presence of God permeates the whole novel. The street where we live is our mission field. We want everyone to know God but there are certain ways to go about it. No one becomes a Christian by Bible bashing. We are called to be the eyes and ears, the hands and feet of Jesus as we witness to a hurting world. Our motive should always be to give God the glory. Sometimes we need to examine our motives. Are we looking to God as we witness? Or have we made our mission to spread His word our god?
We all have different needs. We all have different skill sets. The novel shows how people from all different walks of life help each other. This is the body of Christ functioning as Jesus intended.
A Winter Wonderland
The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson is a delightful contemporary festive offering that will leave you smiling.
I always look forward to autumn and the latest Christmas themed book from Melody Carlson. This year’s novel is totally charming and will get you in the mood for cold December days.
Set in a lodge in snow covered mountains, there is a wonderful warm atmosphere. All is cosy and charming. There is an eclectic mix of characters – some with huge, welcoming hearts.
Of Faith And Family
The Death Of Mungo Blackwell by Lauren Brandenburg is a beautiful contemporary Christian novel about the most important things in life – faith and family.
Some people chase wealth but the richest people are those with others to love them.
The family unit is important. Within the novel there is a family who has a change of circumstances and with it, a reorganising of priorities.
Life in the city is stifling. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, it is all chasing the wind – we work to get money to buy things we do not need. We spend our lives chasing the next ‘big’ thing. We entrap ourselves. In contrast life in the country brings freedom – freedom to be who we were created to be. The family unit is strong. It pulls together to offer love and support.
A True Gem
A Dazzle Of Diamonds by Liz Johnson is a most charming contemporary Christian romance with a mystery thrown in too. It is the third book in the Georgia Coast Romance series but can be read as a stand-alone.
There is a family reputation to delve into following a hundred and fifty year old accusation. It seems like the sins of the fathers have travelled down the years as lives are tarnished due to their ancestor’s behaviour. Letters from 1864 and a diary will reveal the truth.
There is the theme of treasure. For some treasure is in wealth and status. For others they realise that true treasure is always to be found in people – people from all sorts of walks of life. “Kids with faces and names and hopes and dreams.” Making a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged brings treasures beyond measure.