I have often fallen into the pit of "woe is me." I've had my moments where I think God can't possibly want this for me. He must just be looking the other direction. Kind of like when I do that with my son. Once I turn around I find how quickly a mess can form. The same goes for our lives, but God is watching us. He knows troubles of this world and is still working in it. Sometimes even through the mess of our sin.
I recently got the chance to review the Forever Faithful: The Complete Trilogy by Karen Kingsbury. I had never read any of her books before. I had no idea what to expect. One thing I didn't expect was to be completely pulled into the story. So much so that there were many a nights that I stayed up well into the early hours of the morning.
The Forever Faithful: The Complete Trilogy gives you front row seats to how the details of life make a difference. First you meet Hannah, who has just lost a husband and daughter to a drunk driving accident in Waiting for Morning. She's bitter and angry with God. So much so that she's trying convince herself that he doesn't exist. Hannah is brought to her knees when her daughter, Jenny, attempts something no parent wants to see.
Then you meet Jade and Tanner. Childhood friends separated too soon in A Moment of Weakness. Tanner takes a summer internship across the country never expecting to run into the one girl he said was going to marry. A summer spent together. Dreams realized. Lines are crossed. Lies are told. Jade knows that God has a plan for her, but is this really it?
Finally in Halfway to Forever you get a glimpse of the friendships formed when Tanner and Matt, Hannah's husband and former prosecutor for the drunk driver, become partners in a law firm fighting for religious freedom. Each family goes through their own struggles. There are moments when you question, "Can God really be apart of this? Is he punishing me for past sins?."
Karen Kingsbury writes what is real. How people really feel. How Christians aren't perfect people. We are just loved by a perfect God. A God who has plans for us. A God who hears our prayers, praises and sobs. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to see how God turns the ashes of this life into something beautiful.
This song was on repeat the whole time I was reading this book. It's so fitting.
If you would like more information about Karen Kingbury check her out at www.karenkingsbury.com
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.