Wish You Joy by Jan Thompson is a delightful
Christian romance set around the theme of Christmas but is perfect for any time
of year. It is the ninth book in the Savannah Sweethearts series but can be
read as a stand-alone.
We should carry Christmas in our hearts all
year round because the focus of Christmas should be Jesus. He should be at the
centre of our lives. Christmas has become far too commercialised. “Let’s claim
it [Christmas] back for Christ.”
Life may be tough but some burdens were never
ours to carry. We need to surrender them to God. “I carry the burden no more…
He [God] is able.” God’s shoulders are big enough to carry whatever we give
Delightful And Amusing
Find You Again by Jan Thompson is a delightful Christian romance.
It is the eighth book in the Savannah Sweethearts series but can be read as a
We all have a past. If we do not
deal with past issues, they may become present difficulties. The novel shows
that if we try to conceal past sins, the burden will drag us down. As
Christians we need to live in the light. Old secrets must be dealt with or we
will build a wedge between us and others, and us and God. “The hidden sin that had pulled him away from God
was no more.” Confession is good for the soul and it is freeing.
There is the theme of fathers. Sometimes our
earthly fathers are absent. Our heavenly Father never leaves us and he can be
Crossing Your Jordan
Kiss You Now by Jan Thompson is the most
heart-warming contemporary Christian novel that reveals the heart of God to the
reader. It is the seventh book in the Savannah Sweethearts but can be read as a
The novel shows that no one is too old to be
used by God. There is no retirement for the Christian. While we still have
breath, there is work to be done for Jesus – a hurting world needs to know Him.
The main characters were wonderfully drawn and
a mixture of mature, new and lapsed Christians. Pastor Hiram at a hundred and
three years old was inspirational in his faith. “He [God] will sort out the
junk from the jewels” – a real gem. Pastor Hiram lives, continually doing
Kingdom business. “Do God’s will God’s way.” He lives with one eye on eternity,
looking forward to seeing Jesus.
Within the novel two lead characters are both
recovering from past events that are strangling the life out of them. “Do not
let your past paralyze you from God’s purpose.” If we live in the past, we will
miss out on all that God has for us in the present and the future. With God’s
help we can move from our fears. We may need to keep giving our fears to God
until we ‘feel’ His peace.
One More Piece Of The Puzzle
Zero Sum by Jan Thompson is a Christian suspense surrounding the
topic of cyber-crime. It is the first book in the Binary Hackers series.
Not being particularly good at
all things technical, I found some of the action blinded me. I wasn’t always
sure what was happening, however it did not detract from my enjoyment of the
Zero Sum was a tense thriller that had me questioning who could be
trusted? No one except God. Suspicion lurked around every corner. There were
also themes of healing, friendship, grace and new beginnings. There were plenty
of Godly lesson to be learnt. The past is gone. We cannot wallow in it but we
can learn lessons from it. How do you break free from your past when it seems
to keep chasing you?