A Winter Wonderland
The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson is a delightful contemporary festive offering that will leave you smiling.
I always look forward to autumn and the latest Christmas themed book from Melody Carlson. This year’s novel is totally charming and will get you in the mood for cold December days.
Set in a lodge in snow covered mountains, there is a wonderful warm atmosphere. All is cosy and charming. There is an eclectic mix of characters – some with huge, welcoming hearts.
Instruments Of Grace
Taking Chances by Melody Carlson is a perfect contemporary Christian novel for girls aged nine and over. It is the fourth book in the Being Zoey series.
I am considerably older than the target market but am enjoying the series. There are godly lessons for us all to learn, no matter how old we are.
This book focuses on Jesus’ commands to love our enemies, and forgiveness and grace. Eleven year old Zoey faces a girl who bullied her in a previous book and declares “I’m hit with the challenge to love my enemies.” We may find that if we pray for our enemies. It is us who experience a heart change.
Endings And Beginnings
Turning Tide by Melody Carlson is a marvellous
Christian historical novel and part of the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series. It can
be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the previous novels
The action is set in 1917 as America is entering
World War I. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces. Some characters are
already at the Front, others are draft dodgers and others are excluded from
serving but wish this were not the case. “It’s just hard to stand by and
Women on the home front do what they can to
support the war effort including selling liberty bonds.
The men suffer at the Front. The women suffer
on the home front as they worry about their men. They need to entrust their
worries to God. “It’s better to pray than to worry.” The reader is reminded
that we are to worry about nothing and to pray about everything, only by
trusting God will receive a supernatural peace in spite of circumstances.
Broken Promises by Melody Carlson is a contemporary
Christian novel for young girls aged nine years and above. It is the third book
in the Being Zoey series.
In this series Melody Carlson tackles issues
that are relevant in today’s society. In Broken
Promises she presents the dynamics of female friendships. We have all been
to school and suffered at the hands of other’s hate campaigns, Melody Carlson has
the power in her words to send you flying back through the years, remembering
just how you felt as the victim of others. Melody Carlson presents a realistic
portrayal of the hurt and distress caused.
There is a wonderful two-girl friendship where
the girls encourage, support and look out for each other.
The reader sees the pull of the secular to
tempt us away from church. The reality is that the secular is not as good as it
appears, (isn’t that just like sin, all that glitters is not gold?) whereas
church is amazing, fun and safe.