Trusting In The Dark
When Silence Sings by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a powerful Christian historical novel set in 1930. Some details are factual, around which the author has woven her story.
The main focus of the novel is an ancient feud, sparked by jealousy of the gifts from God. It is Old Testament stuff – an eye for an eye but Jesus shows us a new way, He calls us to love our enemies and to forgive. “God loves everyone – no matter how wrong we might think they are.” It does not matter what we think of people, each one is a child of God.
The feud is fuelled by anger. We need to let our anger go. When we cannot do this in our strength, we must ask God for help. “It was going to take long hours on his knees to let this anger go.”
God asks that we are obedient to His calling. At its core, the novel has the Jonah theme. Sometimes God has to bring us to our knees before we obey Him. Far better to respond when we first heart His voice.
Following Your Dreams
The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical novel set in 1954.
The story has the theme of healing – both physical and from scars of the past. A sufferer of PTSD (unrecognised at the time) must learn how to live again when everywhere he turns reminds him of his loss. He needed “a safe place to heal from the war.”
We all have dreams for our children but when their dream and our dream create conflict, rifts occur. We need to listen to God’s call on our heart. “I’ve learned to listen when the good Lord gives me a holy nudge.”
We are called to help others but “You can do God’s work anywhere.” We do not need to travel overseas to find lost and hurting people.
Shining A Light
The Sound Of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a marvellous Christian historical romance which I devoured.
It was a cracking story set in 1954 which wove certain facts into fiction. With a comprehensive cast of characters, the reader will find that they weave their way into your heart.
The novel’s main themes are about knowing God and having the correct priorities. “There’s making money and then there’s making a living.” There is nothing wrong with having money and possessions but when they are your sole focus, something is wrong. People should come first. Relationships should be a priority as it is too late once people are gone.
There are characters who have hearts for people, who put people first and cannot be swayed by bribery.
In Sickness And In Health
A Tapestry Of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a contemporary Christian romance. It is the third book in the Appalachian Blessings series but can be read as a stand-alone.
I really enjoyed A Tapestry Of Secrets. It had a real feel good factor to it with God and family at the very heart.
Perla has a secret. A secret she has kept since 1948 and now she wants to share it. The novel shows how secrets can be a real burden. They can drag us down with their weight. It is always better to deal with the truth. Being truthful can bring freedom from our burdens.