Reach Out In Hope
Dancing In The Rain by Jennifer Slattery and Eileen Hinkle Rife is the most wonderful and heartfelt contemporary Christian romance.
The book deals with the themes of grace, forgiveness and new life. It has the motifs of darkness and light. Darkness may be literal, as the lead character is blind. Or it may be spiritual darkness as characters stumble in the darkness before coming to know Jesus, the light of the world.
In Jesus we can all have a new beginning, the old is gone, the new is here. We need to leave our past in the past in order to move forwards. “It was time to leave his past… in the past… and grab hold of the new life Christ had offered him.”
There are themes of guilt and forgiveness. Past actions may mean that we live with guilt. Guilt is unhelpful. We must forgive ourselves.
Do Not Forget
Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is the most beautiful and heartfelt contemporary Christian novel. At its heart are children – children who need love, care and to know that Jesus loves them.
The novel is written around a mission trip to El Salvador. Here there is much poverty and neglect. Orphaned children are abandoned. Even children with parents are neglected, unloved and seen as useless commodities. Words spoken over them in anger remain lodged in their hearts – useless, worthless, unloved. These children need to know God’s heart for them. They need to experience love and compassion. “We cannot save the world… nor the children of our school, but we can impact the life of one.”
Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery is a delightful contemporary Christian romance, packed full of Godly themes which I adored.
Restoring Love is about just that – love. A love that loves unconditionally. A love that goes deep. A love that restores and redeems. It is about God’s love for us. No-one is ever beyond God’s love and grace. As each one of us receives His love and grace so we must pass it on. “I wouldn’t be sitting here today if someone hadn’t offered me grace.”
Prayer is powerful. Prayer changes lives. Prayer is talking to God and building a relationship. Prayer is petitioning God on behalf of others. Pray without ceasing and never give up. God always hears our prayers. “What if she prayed? Would God listen?” God always bends an ear to prayer. No one is out of reach of God.
There’s Always Hope
Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery… wow, what an amazing and powerful read in this contemporary Christian novel.
Alice and Trent have been married for nineteen years and have two boys. Alice organises ladies days at church. On the surface it’s a perfect life but Alice is living a lie. Her life is far from perfect. Her life is crumbling around her. Alice is more concerned with appearances than with being open and honest. “Come on Alice, be real with me.” Alice has buried her head in the sand for the sake of appearances.
Breaking Free shows the power of good friends. Alice has many superficial friends but Beth is her true friend. Beth sees beyond Alice’s fake smiles to the real her. Beth refuses to be pushed away with a smile. “Why are you running from people who can help you most?… Why are you pushing God away?”