A Strand Of Three Chords
A Dare & A Prayer by Julie Lessman is a very powerful Christian historical novel and part of The Cousins O’Connor series. It can be read as a stand-alone.
The action begins in 1944 in the Pacific on an American airbase. We go through to the end of the war, and then move stateside for the second half of the novel.
Julie Lessman has produced a tale with some very hard-hitting shocking themes as we see the awful topic of child trafficking and prostitution that has been going on in Japan since the Middle Ages. This shocks the characters and the reader as we see innocence defiled while local people stand by, doing nothing as they are fearful of reprisals. We witness the anger in characters who refuse to stand by and do nothing.
There is the theme of the prodigal son. We follow a character who seems hell bent on self-destruct, as he follows the pleasures of this world. People tell him about God. His family prays for him. He follows his own path until one day the scales fall off. “God was real… He actually cared about every one of His children.”
Sometimes we can fix things for ourselves and sometimes we can’t. It is always good to pray without ceasing about everything. Sometimes the only thing we can do is to pray. “Never had he been nor ever expected to be a praying man. But he planned to pray now.” When we pray, we tap into a power beyond ourselves. God longs to answer our prayers. He always answers in His way, at just the right time. He never shows up early and He is never late.
We were never meant to keep our faith to ourselves. We need to show Jesus to a hurting world in need of a Savior. “Putting feet to her faith.”
A Hope And A Prayer by Julie Lessman is a powerful Christian historical novel with lessons for us all.
The action is set towards the end of World War II in Europe and then moves to post war America as we follow lives adjusting to peacetime.
Julie Lessman doesn’t write cosy Christian novels. She writes gritty realistic stories showing struggles and temptations that will resonate with modern audiences.
We witness a character battling alcohol and women addictions. His upbringing has led him to this point. He has tried everything but God. “Get on your knees and pray for Him [God] to get a hold of you now.” When we are down to nothing, God is up to something. Some of His best work is done with broken vessels, if we would just realise our need for Him.
There is a beautiful, kind soul who shines the light of God’s love wherever she goes. She is compassionate, praying where she sees needs. She realises “aside from our love, our prayers are the most important gift we can give.”
A Snapshot Of War
A Wing And A Prayer by Julie Lessman is a powerful
Christian historical novel that explores love and trust in God in times of war.
It is the first book in the Cousins O’Connor series and what an epic that
promises to be.
The novel takes the reader from 1943 to the end
of the war with locations in America, Britain and mainland Europe. We follow a
plucky young woman who wants to do her bit for the war whilst realising her
dream to fly.
Our upbringing affects the way we conduct our
lives. Gabe, the plucky young heroine was abandoned on the streets as a child
before being adopted. This reminds the reader that no matter what our start in
life, God longs to adopt us into His family.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
A Gift Like No Other by Julie Lessman is a Christian
historical novel that focuses on a marriage. It is set in 1930’s America where
the roles of husband and wife were different to today.
Gradually women were breaking free from the
role of stay-at-home mum but there were still men who held the belief that a
married woman, and especially one with children should stay at home. “It’s the
thirties… where married women have no business in the workplace.” The
domineering spirit of a husband means resentment builds within a marriage.
The novel explores a marriage where cracks are
appearing. A marriage should be a three way partnership… husband, wife and God.
Prayer is the glue that cements a marriage. Marriage as God intended means we
should love our spouses as Christ loved the church.