One of my favorite authors, Francine Rivers, has written this wonderful series called Sons of Encouragement. In this 5 book series, Francine takes a character out of the bible and writes their story, how they quietly changed the world. This book stays true to the biblical account of Jonathon and puts it into a story so that the reader understands better what was going on during Jonathon's time. From the time that he was a boy and his father was annointed king, to his being introduced to word of the law, to his friendship with David this is his story.
I loved this book. It brought the old testament alive to me. I love how it put it into story context so that it was more real, for lack of a better word. I hope you know what I mean. What stood out to me in Johnathon's story is his faithfulness and loyalty to God's word. He truly was a man who changed his world and gave his life staying true to the Lord even under enormous pressure from his father. Francine also provides a study at the end to really take you into the story and make you think it through and apply it to yourself. I will definitely go through all 5 of the stories.
Also available from Francine is the Lineage of Grace series about women who were in the lineage of Christ.
Another of my favorite authors, Karen Kingsbury wrote another emotionally gripping story. I finished this book in a couple days because I just could not put it down. I had to find out what happened because my heart was so involved with the characters.
Like Dandelion Dust is the story of two women who love the same little boy. Both are his mommy's. He's known one all his life and loves her with all his heart and the other he knows not at all, but she wants to him to know her as Mom. Karen deals with some of the very hard issues of adoption where birth parents want the child back.
The adoptive parents love the boy with all their hearts and have provided a good life for him when out of the blue they are told when he is five that due to the birth father never knowing about him the adoption was now fraudulent and the boy belongs back with the birth parents. The story takes us into the Campbell's world who come to the point where they are willing to do anything to keep their son and into a birth mother's world where she feels she did the wrong thing. It is a story full of a rollercoaster of emotions and Karen weaves in the faith issues of trusting God's will or making things happen in your own strength. My heart broke in this story as I tried to imagine what I would do and how far I would go.
I'm also over at Faith Lifts today so join me over there. We're talking about spontaneous expressions of love.