With Forgiveness And Love
Morning By Morning by Jennifer Rodewald is a charming contemporary Christian novel. It is the eighth book in the Murphy Brothers series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The book deals with the themes of loss, adjustment and new beginnings. We see two broken families, grieving what has gone before – one family lost a mother to cancer, the other had a philandering husband. Children and spouses are hurting. They need to press into God and trust His faithfulness to see them through.
In the darkness of life, it is easy to think that God has abandoned us. “God is still with my family, isn’t He?” God walks with us in the dark. “Don’t lose eyes that look for God’s grace in the darkness.”. His grace is sufficient for my weakness. Great is His faithfulness.
God wants us to be truthful with Him. We do not need to pretend we are ok when we are not. He wants our honesty and our hearts. “I think God would rather hear my questions… than have me retreat into an angry silence.” We need to keep communication open.
Life throws us challenges and hard times. We cannot change that but “You can choose how to respond in life.” We can respond in bitterness or love. Jesus asks us to live a life of love.
Who You Are by Jennifer Rodewald is a powerful contemporary Christian novel that focuses on our life choices and the results. It is the sixth book in the Murphy Brothers series but can be read as a stand-alone.
“Life is a series of choices, and those choices become our legacy.” We always need to choose wisely because there are always consequences to our choices. Our choices reflect who we are.
The novel has the theme of wealth. When we love money and power, no good can ever come of it.
“Make me pretty and popular. So I can be happy.” Happiness does not come from external circumstances. Happiness is internal, being satisfied with who we are in God.
Church is important. We cannot do life alone. We need to surround ourselves with other believers. “After three weeks without attending church, [he] knew he needed spiritual nourishment.” When we miss church, we drain our spiritual battery. We need to keep ourselves topped up by going to church.
Grounded In The Promises Of God
Stubborn Love by Jennifer Rodewald is a delightful contemporary Christian novel and the fifth book in the Murphy Brothers series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.
This book reveals the importance of trusting God completely. In the good times we praise Him. In the bad times we praise Him because God is good and can be trusted even when life is bad.
God walks beside us in all the seasons of life. In our anger and our pain we may not see Him but that does not mean He left us alone for He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
There is the theme of courage. Courage is often just doing it afraid.
There are some who seem fearless. Sometimes fearless equates to reckless with disastrous consequences.
We all have dreams. When life throws us curve balls, sometimes our dreams must change.
This Life by Jennifer Rodewald is a marvellous contemporary novel. It is the fourth book in the Murphy Brothers series but can be read as a stand-alone.
There are seven Murphy brothers. In this book the focus is on Jacob and his wife Kate. The novel is about learning to draw closer to God and discovering what it really means to be rich beyond measure.
Wealth is never about worldly riches. Worldly riches are “trappings of wealth and luxury.” They ensnare us as we chase the next thing we must have. Worldly riches distract us from being truly rich and knowing God. When our stuff overwhelms us, we often relegate God to the bottom of the pile. We think that we do not need Him as we attempt to stand in our own strength. The truth is that if our foundation is not built on God’s world, it will crumble and we will fall. We need to declutter our lives and remove what separates us from God. We should push into God first thing in the morning. We should thank Him last thing at night. And we should press into Him every minute of every day. There is never a time when we do not need God.