Loves And Losses
The Fall And Rise Of
The Amir Sisters by
Nadiya Hussain is a contemporary novel that will make you smile and make you
cry. It is a splendid tale about the relationships between four grown up sisters.
There are complex needs to be balanced. With comprehensive descriptions, the
reader feels like a fly on the wall listening to their conversations.
Life can be hard. We all need a supportive
family who will pull you through the tough times. Lives in transition create
The sisters share good natured banter. They
support each other through life’s ups and downs. We make our plans but sometimes
they are derailed in the worst way possible.
Shout To The North And The South
I Am Zion by John Eckhardt is a powerful book
packed full of godly advice and scripture to help us draw closer to God.
Zion is the place where God chooses to dwell.
We want to be Zion people who have God dwelling in them. John Eckhardt tells us
that Zion people have wisdom, understanding and revelation.
“We must develop a heart that desires what God
desires.” Our goal is not to be like other people, our goal is to be like
Jesus. We want to have a heart that beats in tune with His. We are citizens of
heaven, called to walk in this world but not to be of the world. We must live
with our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus.
John Eckhardt explains that Babylon was seen as
captivity whereas Zion was seen as freedom, giving sacrificially and with
worship and praise in their hearts.
The book shows what a Zion church looks like.
It is not a building. It is a heart that passionately pursues God through
prayer, worship, giving and glory. A Zion church is a church that desires to go
deeper, is multi-generational and a source of life, being led by the Spirit.
May We Never Forget
Holocaust: The Nazi’s
Wartime Jewish Atrocities by Stephen Wynn is a comprehensive pocket book of the leading events,
camps and figures in the worst crime against humanity. It is horrific reading
but we need to know what happened in memory of the innocents who perished.
Stephen Wynn has clearly done significant research
as there were figures I had heard of and those I hadn’t. Many of the perpetrators
were captured, tried and executed but some were not. A leading figure, Dr
Mengele escaped justice.
There were also leading Jewish figures
mentioned including the most famous of all, Anne Frank.
A Midwinter Promise by Lulu Taylor is an epic
contemporary novel that consumes from the start. The reader glimpses the end
from the beginning and the questions arise.
The novel surrounds a family with action set in
the present day and from 1980 moving forwards. Running parallel to the main
story are the lives of Prince Charles and the very beautiful Princess Diana. A
feeling of dread built in my heart as that fateful day in August 1997
approached. It was a time frozen in history. One of those momentous days where
you remember exactly what you were doing and how you felt when you heard the
dreadful news. This element of the story helps to make the whole novel feel
personal and adds realism as we care about the lives of the characters.
There are the difficult themes of depression,
self-harm, mental illness and suicidal thoughts. All are sensitively portrayed
and the reader feels empathy for the character.
Guilt weighs heavy. If it is not dealt with, it
is a millstone that will drag us down.