The Power of Love
The Start Of Us by T.K. Chapin is a powerful
contemporary Christian novel about love. Love comes in many different forms but
we have only one word for it, ‘love.’ The best way to love is to love like
Jesus – whether it’s our parents, friends, work colleagues or spouse. We need
to see people as Jesus sees them – imperfect human beings in need of love and
Our past may have been hard but we cannot let
it define us. If we measure everything by the yardstick of the past, we will
miss out on the present.
Me by Autumn Macarthur is a delightful Christian contemporary romance. It
is the third book in the Chapel Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Autumn Macarthur always writes
novels that wrap themselves around the reader with their warm and welcoming
atmosphere. The community seems to reach out from the pages to encompass the
reader. Small town living means everyone pulls together. There are no secrets
just warm welcomes.
Words spoken over us remain. “The memory of being called ugly, of
feeling ugly, and of wanting so badly not to be ugly.” We believe what others
say of us when really we should be listening to what God says. His opinion is
the only one that matters. There are times when the reader’s heart breaks. “A
familiar chorus of put-me-downs echoed in her head.” No matter how old we are,
old hurts remain if we do not deal with them. We need to hand our hurts to God
and live loved. “Believe Jesus really does love me, even if my mom doesn’t.”
The Same Yesterday, Today, Forever
A Time To Rejoice by Juliette Duncan is a powerful
Christian novel that really warmed my heart. The book shows that God is the
same yesterday, today and forever. The miracle working God of the past is still
in the same business today.
Life is not always easy but God is faithful. “I
loved you at your darkest.” When life hits hard, God never abandons us. Though
we may walk away from Him, He awaits our return. “Show me the way back” is the
prayer that God longs to hear. There is much rejoicing when the prodigals
There is the theme of healing – healing of
hearts and minds. As parents we long to see our children walk with God but
until they do we “just have to be patient and keep on praying.”
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a sinister and
chilling contemporary tale with fairy tale elements to it.
The characters are well drawn. The reader ‘feels’
the terror and utter desperation of the main character. We are never quite sure
– is she deluded? Or is she telling the truth? You decide.
The atmospheric terror is enhanced with the
locations, the sights and the sounds and the ‘smells’. So vivid are the
descriptions that I definitely read with the hairs on the back of my neck
raised. Murky waters and dark woods heightened my emotions and level of fear.