Messes Into Masterpieces
In Spite Of Ourselves by Jennifer Rodewald is a most delightful Christian contemporary novel about the power of love. It is part of the Potter’s house series and book two in the Murphy Brothers series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The central theme is about love – learning to love like God, learning to give and receive love. A life starved of love is just a half-life. Not everyone who loves has a motive behind their love. The novel shows how we are loved unconditionally for just who we are.
Sometimes we need to break out from the lessons of our upbringing. Our childhood shapes the adult we become but sometimes we have learnt the wrong lessons. A character has been taught to be independent, that love is not needed, to be strong is to live emotionally isolated. This is flawed thinking. We need others. We need love and we need God.
Here Is Love Vast As The Ocean
When I Lost My Way by Jennifer Rodewald is a powerful contemporary Christian novel about the vastness of God’s love.
The love within the novel is based on the love in 1 Corinthians: 13 – love is patient, kind and never gives up. Jennifer Rodewald has written about a love that perseveres – as the reader hears about a love between two brothers, a love between couples and the love of God.
The theme of the prodigal son runs throughout as we track the older brother from the tale. We see just how hard he works without realising he needs to surrender to God who longs to do life in a partnership with each and every one of us.
“Do not underestimate the power of the God who hears.” God wants us to want Him. He delights when we build our lives with Him. No matter how hard our lives, God can turn them around. “God takes the bad, and He turns it for good.”
Always You by Jennifer Rodewald is a delightful contemporary novel and part of
the Potter’s House series.
Jennifer Rodewald has presented a wonderful,
warm and welcoming collection of characters who envelope the reader with love.
Her lead characters have a rapport with each other as they bounce their
dialogue backwards and forwards. They make the reader smile.
God’s plans are always best for our lives. We do
not always realise this. “He [God] means good for you, even when He tells you
no.” Sometimes in our prayers we tell
God what we want instead of
listening to His plans for our
lives. Prayer is important. It should be as natural as breathing. “Prayer came
easily.” Prayer should be a two-way dialogue not a monologue from us.
Knowing God’s Word is also important. Whatever
season we are in, there will always be an appropriate word from God. Sometimes
in life there are just no words and then we need to lean on God and press into
Him. “When there were no words, there was presence.”
When I Come Home Again by Jennifer Rodewald is a powerful
contemporary Christian novel about love, loss and new beginnings.
When loss hits hard, we hurt, we become angry
and we withdraw. For a short while, this is an acceptable response but when
anger rules our lives, we are in trouble. Something must change. “I don’t want
this anger anymore.” We need to own our anger, then leave it at the foot of the
cross. If we do not, we will be forever bound by the chains of anger.
Regret often goes hand in hand with anger.
Regrets can immobilise and imprison us. “Regrets are bondage… If you don’t deal
with them… they own you.” Regret is a burden we were never meant to carry.
Jesus died for our freedom, not so we could imprison ourselves with regrets. “Some
people live with regret their whole lives, never realising they don’t have to.”
God gives us gifts. He delights in us as we use
these gifts. “The joy of the Creator as they exercised the gifts He’s built