It Is Well With My Soul
Roll Back The Clouds by Terri Wangard is a marvellous
Christian historical epic surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 off
the coast of Ireland. Terri Wangard has taken the facts and woven a powerful
tale around them.
The hand of God is visible throughout the
novel, even though at times, His presence is questioned. “Where was God?… God
was right there with the passengers and crew.” God never leaves us. If we do
not feel Him, the fault is ours. “You’re never alone. God hears you before you
call.” God knows the desires of our hearts and our prayers.
The novel shows the importance of church. We
need to find a church that functions as Jesus intended. A church where
relationships are built vertically (with God) and horizontally (with each
other). The church was never meant to be a social club but a place where we get
to discover the heart of God, and to care for each other.
Following the sinking, we see the effects on
the characters in the form of nightmares and PTSD, as people are haunted by
Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard is an epic Christian novel covering the war years 1943- 1945. As a historian I really enjoyed reading it. As a reader I loved getting to know the characters.
The novel covers many aspects of the war as it roams from America to Europe to the Pacific. Life on the home front, life in the navy, life in the air force, life for the WAC’s – the reader experiences life on the factory floor, in the skies, on the seas and on the land. Everyone suffers. There are no winners in war. Mothers lose sons on all sides. There is only one constant. “People may let me down… But God is a constant.”
An Epic Story
Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard is a Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Promise For Tomorrow series but can be read as a stand-alone. I did enjoy meeting up with familiar faces from previous novels.
Soar Like Eagles concentrates on navigator Chet and Red Cross girl Carol. Both come from America to England to serve in 1944. The reader follows their fortunes as the action alternates between the two. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with war as the action moves from land to sky, England to mainland Europe. War is futile. Mothers on both sides lose sons and daughters. “It ought to be raining because Heaven is surely weeping.” War is not glorified in the novel. Terri Wangard pulls no punches. She tells it as it is. It is messy. It is hard. It is gruesome.
No Neutral Ground by Terri Wangard is a Christian historical novel and book two in the Promise For Tomorrow series. It can however be read as a stand-alone. The action takes place during 1944 in America, Scotland, England and Sweden,
Rafe fled Germany in 1936 with his mother and siblings as his mother was Jewish but also has Swedish ancestry. They settled in America. Jennie lives in America and also has Swedish relatives. Rafe and Jennie’s paths cross aboard the Queen Mary as they sail for Scotland in 1944.
No Neutral Ground shows the horrors of war for both the armed forces and civilians. There is a lot of action surrounding the air force. The life expectancy for air crews was just six weeks. Friendships are hard to come by as they could be gone in an instant. Terri Wangard has clearly done her research as the details of the planes and the bombing missions is extensive.