Before And After
If Only by T.K. Chapin is a marvellous Christian thriller. I just could not put it down. Everything that T.K. Chapin writes is fabulous but this story tops it all. It really was an edge of your seat ride that had me guessing from the start. The action twisted this way and that throwing out a few red herrings along the way.
The novel is written in two different time periods and in the first person from two different viewpoints. There is a clear defining moment where the action is then ‘before’ and ‘after’ – all very cleverly done.
God is at the centre. “It’s in the silence and stillness that we can find God.” Sometimes we are so busy rushing around that we miss God but God is always there for us.
A New Creation
One Tuesday Lunch by T.K. Chapin is the next instalment in the marvellous Diamond Lake series but can be read as a stand-alone. It is a contemporary Christian murder mystery romance. I loved it. It had me guessing until all was revealed.
There is the theme of PTSD as the main character Hunter is an Afghan war vet who lost his leg in action. T.K. Chapin shows that not all wounds of war are visible, there can be scars on the inside.
The theme of prejudice rears its head in the novel. People believe things about others because of past behaviour. “He was a bad seed. He always has been, he always will be.” People wrongly assume we cannot change. T.K. Chapin shows how with God we can have a fresh start, a new beginning. God takes the old, heals and makes it new. As it says in the novel he was “a little broken but mended together by God’s bandages of love.”
Dancing With Jesus
One Monday Prayer by T.K. Chapin is the latest in the Diamond Lake series but can be read as a stand-alone. It is a contemporary Christian romance and just perfect to read in the weeks leading up to the festive season as it is set in the weeks following Thanksgiving. It would be great to read at any time of year too.
The main theme is that of dealing with grief and loss. People all handle grief differently. Even though as Christians we know our loved one is “dancing with Jesus,” we still miss them. Grief can be all consuming. “It’s about learning to continue living when you don’t want to anymore.” You have to get used to a new type of normal.
Getting To Know God
A Chance At Love by TK Chapin is a contemporary Christian romance.
Kyle is just nineteen years old when he spots eighteen year old Emily whilst delivering pizza to a church group. Kyle feels a connection. The novel explores this young love with all its highs and lows
The theme of finding the love of God is also explored within the novel. Kyle has felt dissatisfied with his life. Something is missing. “There’s got to be more to life than this.” He is looking for something or someone to fulfil him but says “I don’t like to believe in things I can’t see.” Kyle is like a lot of people. However, people believe in things they can’t see all the time, such as the wind. We cannot see it, but we can see its effects in the trees blowing and we can feel it. God is like the wind. We cannot see Him but we can see how He effects people and we can feel His power.