Worth Fighting For
The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter by Jill Lynn is a sweet contemporary Christian family romance. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face with its wonderful, warm characters and delightful storyline.
At its heart are the themes of trust, faith and fear. The past has a bearing on the present. We fear the sins of the parents visiting the next generation and this will always hold us back. “She’d clung to bitterness and fear, letting them dictate her choices.” The sins of the parents are not destined to be on repeat. With God’s help, we can break the pattern. God did not give us a spirit of fear. He wants us to trust Him with our one and only life. If we have faith we do not need to fear. We need to trust, put our lives in God’s hands, and step into the future with faith.
The Importance of Family, Friends and God
Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn is a beautiful book of friendship and community, laughter and tears, life and death. The book is mainly written by Jill but Kara writes two pages at the end of each chapter. There are also two questions at the end of each chapter designed to make the reader think. It is a bitter sweet book but it is a work of great beauty.
This is Kara’s second book. She is a young mum of four fighting cancer. She needs her friends around her to help with the mundane day to day things. Jill writes about how important it is, just to turn up and be there for your friend. Do not wait until you feel qualified to help or you will never do it. “God uses those of us who aren’t qualified so that He is glorified. And when we show up, we are blessed.” In our weakness we become strong by leaning on God.
The focus of Just Show Up is God. Kara in spite of her suffering still believes in the goodness of God. Many times she says “suffering is not the absence of God’s goodness.” Too many people question the goodness of God in hard times but God is good. He walks alongside us in our hardships.