His Sycamore Sweetheart by Stacey Weeks is an absolutely charming contemporary Christian novel. It is the second book in the Sycamore Hill series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The action takes place around the heart of the community – the church. When the church functions as Jesus intended, it is beautiful to see. However, the church is made up of imperfect people, all in need of a Savior, all in need of forgiveness. “The church should be a safe place where everyone felt welcome, but too often it functioned like a social club.” When we take our eyes off Jesus, our vision becomes distorted.
Stacey Weeks has perfectly shown what happens when a church loses its focus. She has created a flawed but realistic environment that is easy to visualise. It is against this background that characters have got hurt. Unfortunately, gossip has occurred. Gossip is cruel. It needs to be squashed. There is no place for gossip in a healthy church.Continue reading