Cold Case Connection by Dana Mentink is a marvellous
contemporary Christian suspense that will have the reader on the edge of their
A desire to know the truth about past murders
puts lives at risk in present day. Suspicion lurks in the dark as modern
amateur sleuthing tries to uncover the secrets in the past.
Some desire vengeance, whilst knowing that “I’m
supposed to leave vengeance to the Lord, but I want it for me.” When we place
our hurts in God’s hands, we will be set free from the burden that is dragging
Guilt ties in with vengeance as characters feel
guilty for their inaction and inability in the past. “Guilt stabbed through
her.” Guilt is not something for us to carry. “God forgave them, and so they
should forgive themselves.” God did not send His Son to die so we could live
under the weight of guilt. He wants us to forgive ourselves and to live in the
freedom for which He died. If we fail to forgive ourselves, we will be guilty
Real Life Superheroes
Love At First Bark by Dana Mentink is a heart-warming
Christian short story that will leave you smiling.
There is the theme of being just who God
created you to be. Sometimes we struggle to mould ourselves into someone we
were never created to be. We must be prepared to lay down our plans and line
our wills up with God’s.
I loved the inclusion of a scruffy dog called
Charlie. His antics made me smile. He really was a real life super hero.
Romance, Adventure, Suspense
Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink is a romantic Christian suspense that will have your heart racing as you hunt for clues to fill in the missing pieces.
The novel has the theme of searching. There is a search to regain a snapshot in time as well as searches to belong. Being hurt and excluded in our pasts are heavy burdens to carry. Living with our eye on the past prevents us from enjoying the present. We need to give our burdens and our pasts to the One who can make all things new.
This links to the theme of trust. After a crime is committed, suspicion needs to find an outlet. As the net widens and more ‘coincidences’ of bad luck happen, the question of trust looms large.
Duct Tape And Memories
Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink is a totally delightful Christian romance and I absolutely loved it. I love Dana Mentink’s writings that focus around adorable dogs and have God at the centre. Dana Mentink’s novels will make you laugh and they will make you think, and if you let them, her writings will help you abandon yourself to God’s plans.
A major theme in the novel is plans and dreams. Rhett has a dream. Stephanie has a dream. God has a plan, an individual plan for both their lives. Are they able to see His plans? And are they willing to be led by Him? Or are they both too focused on their own plans? God’s plan for our lives is always so much greater than our own. How often do we “make God fit into my plans instead of the other way round?”