The Road To Redemption
Escaping Pretense by Deborah Jean Miller is a powerful contemporary novel about love and life and family. I absolutely adored it.
Everyone deserves to be loved – but within the book we meet a character who doesn’t think this applies to her. Every time someone gets close to her, she pulls away, believing her past disqualifies her from being loved. She doesn’t think she deserves love and this is heartbreaking. Deep down she is a good person, and this goodness is spotted by the young and the vulnerable in society who gravitate towards her kind heart.
We meet a loving family. They do life together and also reach out to those on the margins of society. “She wondered what a life like that would have felt like. To feel the closeness of a loving family, secure in each other’s company.” The reader’s heart breaks for a woman who has never known love, only pain.
The Hand Of God
The Essence Of Shade by Deborah Jean Miller is an epic
contemporary Christian novel that will consume your heart and soul. The handprint
of God runs throughout.
The novel is about sacrificial love. It is a
love that is trying to atone for past sins. “Suffering was her penalty for the
sins of her past.” Guilt weighs heavy but it is a burden we were never meant to
carry. Confession is good for the soul and brings peace. We need to receive the
grace and forgiveness of God. It is important to forgive the face in the mirror
There is loss within the tale. It is a loss
that unleashes a terrible hidden secret life. Guilt that a hurt went unseen
weighs heavy as a character rails at God. “You don’t even care… Where are You?
Do You even exist?” In our hurt and pain, it is all too easy to direct our
anger at God. God stands firmly beside us in our suffering. He was there in the
hurt and pain. He never leaves us but we cannot always see Him.
The sins of the fathers seem destined to be
repeated. Somehow the cycle of sin must be broken, but at what cost?