Chasing The Storms Away
Eight At The Lake by Lin Stepp is the most charming contemporary Christian novel that will lodge in your heart and leave you smiling.
The novel is about love and family. Eight children need rules to ensure lives run smoothly. Far from constricting us, rules are there to keep us safe. The reader is reminded that God gave us rules to live by and to keep us safe.
There is so much love within the novel – there is the love within families and the love of God and for God. We hear of a character who has been born again, strengthening and rebuilding her relationship with God.
Sometimes our earthly fathers are not so great and we fear repeating their pattern of behaviour but “our mistakes don’t have to be yours.” We are not destined to repeat the generational sins.
Light The Way by Lin Stepp is a most delightful Christian contemporary tale and the first book in The Lighthouse Sisters series. I cannot wait for subsequent books.
The lighthouse plays a central role in the story. It reminds the reader that we are to shine God’s light into a dark world. We also see the pivotal role in rescue of the lighthouse’s light in illuminating those in trouble. Likewise, God looks out for us and will rescue us from our troublesome situations.
We are called to live out our faith. “Your strong faith has a good effect on me.” We can never under estimate the effect our lives may have on someone else.
Family is important. When members of a family have problems, some run towards home, others run away for fear of parental disappointment. This reminds the reader that God longs for each of us to return to Him if we stray or mess up. He doesn’t want fear or embarrassment to keep us from His arms.
Down Sizing by Lin Stepp is a charming contemporary Christian novel and part of the Mountain Home series.
Lin Stepp has created a realistic and likable heroine in Mary Pat. It is refreshing to have the focus on her as she is not your typical leading lady, being past the first flush of youth and in her fifties and overweight. She has brought up her family and her life revolves around them until a bombshell is dropped. She is very relatable.
Like many of us, Mary Pat struggles with her weight. It should not define her but cruel comments are like sharp barbs. The reader admires her tenacity to start and stick with a healthy eating plan. She shows that we are never too old to have a fresh start. As her horizons broaden, so does her life. There are no retirement plans in the kingdom. A full life is not just for the young. A full life with new challenges is available for anyone who is still breathing. While there is breath there is life.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Edisto Song by Lin Stepp is a most delightful contemporary Christian novel and the final book in the Edisto Trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone. I, however, enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.
Edisto is the place where God’s voice can be heard and characters can heal. The hustle and bustle of New York City was in direct contrast and was life-draining. Edisto is life sustaining where the community lives together, loves together and pulls together.
God still speaks through dreams today. When we hear His voice, we would be wise to listen.
When God gives us a gift, we must use it. The dreams he places in our hearts may be dashed by life but can be resurrected for His glory.
There is no room in our lives for both faith and fear to exist simultaneously. When we have faith, we do not need to fear because God has got us. He knows the end from the beginning and He will never leave us.