Spring Splash by Denise Weimer is a wonderful
contemporary Christian novel that surrounds two of my passions – swimming and
special needs teens. It is a powerful read about pursuing your dreams, trying
your best and celebrating successes.
I have worked with special needs children aged
11- 18 years in the local high school for thirteen years and it has been a joy
and a pleasure. I totally connected with Spring
Splash and ‘felt’ the love and had empathy with the young swimmers and
their passion for sport. “No one is too broken in the water. No one is too
heavy. No one is too clumsy. We’re all the same.” Swimming is a great leveller.
It improves health, releases endorphins and enables all to glide through the
There were other sports in the novel. I loved
the quote from a young runner. “When I run, I’m like everyone else.”
The Witness Tree by Denise Weimer is a marvellous
Christian historical tale. It will both educate and entertain as factual
details are woven into a fictional story. The novel is set in 1805 and the
reader hears about the interactions between the Moravians and the Cherokee –
some good, some not so good. Over the whole book lingers the fragrance of God.
We all have dreams and desires of our heart.
When God is the Author of those dreams in our hearts, they cannot fail. All
will be accomplished but in God’s perfect timing.
There is the pioneering spirit as new lands
open up. The desire to bring the Word of God to the Cherokees motivates a move.
Moravians and Cherokees learn each other’s language so they can communicate. It
is important to be able to read God’s Word in your own language.
Education brings freedom and choice. The
Moravians were forward thinking in educating girls as well as boys.
Fall Flip by Denise Weimer is a delightful
contemporary Christian romance. The novel has the central themes of restoration
and new beginnings. Within the novel there is a house that is being renovated
for a couple celebrating fifty years of marriage. Running parallel are lives
that need restoring, and with God’s help, new beginnings are possible.
Being true to yourself is important. Sometimes
we put on a performance for the world but we really need to show our true
selves. Life is not all about performing, life is for living in freedom and
Life deals us blows, blows from which we wonder
if we will ever recover. We feel alone but there is One who will never leave
us. “I’m still here, a voice whispered in her head. I will never leave you nor
Forgiveness is important. It is as much for our
sake as for others. If we want to live in freedom, we must forgive or risk
becoming bitter. “With God’s help… I forgave [her]… because the anger… was
eating me up inside.”
The Backcountry Brides Collection is a delightful set of eight unique Christian tales set in the mid eighteenth century. The stories are bound by settings and themes. It is a time of conflict for the Americans with the British, French, German and Native Americans. There is distrust of others who hold different values. There are conflicts between the Loyalists and the Patriots. In spite of war, love can flourish if you know where to look.
Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a delightful tale about families, first love and the faithfulness of God. Life in the mid eighteenth century was precarious with conflicts. Families bonded together and supported each other. Those who were lost, were found and God restores the years the locusts have eaten. As a Carrie Fancett Pagels fan, I was delighted to see William Christy make an appearance in the story.