Monday, February 24, 2014

A Shining Light, by Judith Miller

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Summary

The book begins with Andrea Wilson receiving news of her husband’s death at sea. Struggling financially, Andrea decides to return to her father’s home with her young son. Upon arriving at the homestead, she learns that her father sold the farm and died in a fire. She is offered refuge in the Amana colony and there she makes friends, finds peace, love, and grows closer to God. Rather than mourning her husband’s death, she is finally free of his abuse and falls in love with someone who treats her right. In a surprising and disappointing turn of events, Andrea has to learn to lean on God and to trust in His plan even when she doesn’t understand it. In the end, she finds that God’s plan is always for her good.

Review

I really enjoyed this book. It is the second book that I have read by Judith Miller and I have enjoyed them both.

The characters were well-developed and each had their own personal journey in learning to trust in God’s plan. The book was written from multiple character’s perspectives and this changed from chapter to chapter.  As long as I paid attention to who first-person speaker was, it was no problem to follow. The author not only wrote from various perspectives, but she wrote in the voice of the character which made it much easier to follow than it might have otherwise been.

The plot was interesting! It was full of surprises, some good, some bad, but all making the story better. The book took me on an emotional rollercoaster as I sympathized with the protagonists and despised the antagonist and worried for the little boy caught in the middle.

I loved that this wasn’t just a book that mentioned God a few times and was a clean novel, but really wove a relationship with God all throughout the book. It made me think about how God’s plan is always for our good and we can trust Him even when we can’t see the end from the beginning.

I highly recommend this book. You can purchase it through your local retailer, on Amazon.com, or through the publisher's website.

*I was provided with a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review*
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