Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Spring Awakening by Chris Cottee

A Spring Awakening continues the story of David and Angela that began in A Christmas Calling (quite a lot happened in the first book; I'd highly recommend reading it prior to book 2). Easter is approaching and David and Angela have fallen into a fairly predictable routine of doing things together. But David has some niggling doubts about his new faith and about his future with Angela. And David's appointments with a therapist seem to muddy the waters, not clear them. 

David seems to be facing battles on almost every front: internally (grappling with the implications of his sister's early death), relationally (not sure how he feels about Angela), spiritually (continuing to face depression and doubt).  And on top of all that, facing an accusation that threatens to crush his infant faith and possibly ruin his reputation.

Living in what feels like a world (and mind) gone mad, David learns that not all battles involve flesh and blood and that when we face an enemy seeking to destroy us, the prayers and support of fellow believers can make all the difference. As David journeys through a very dark valley, readers witness both his outward struggles and his internal ones. I felt it was helpful to see that while secular counseling helped David in certain areas, other areas required spiritual intervention and support from a pastor. Cottee does a good job of showing the importance of each without disparaging either.

A Spring Awakening is a book of hope--offering readers a glimpse of a thawing soul and the emergence of a stronger, more authentic faith as a result.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of A Spring Awakening from Instant Apostle in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful  -     By: Katie Davis Majors

What Mother Teresa was to India, Katie Davis Majors is to Uganda. Daring to Hope chronicles the hope Katie found in the midst of the most dire circumstances. I was amazed by her ability to love with no limits--sharing literally all she had with so many people in need of medical care, help through rehabilitation from addiction or--in many cases--providing hospice care.  Katie found that her hope in Christ was sufficient to carry her through the darkest of days.

What struck me was the resilience of her adopted children. Their willingness to open their hearts and home again and again, risking the threat of yet another loss. Being willing to embrace another child into their room and sharing meals and belongings. Katie admits to days of exhaustion and unimaginable grief but through it all, she shares how her hope in Christ could not be diminished but grew richer with each trial.

In the face of poverty, inconvenience, orphans and widows, Katie finds lessons of faith. Readers cannot help but admire the tenacity, sacrifice and faith of this young woman who has given her all to serve others. Pick up a copy of Daring to Hope and the first world problems and inconveniences that we so often grumble about will fade away while a vision of what truly matters to God will come into sharper focus.

Readers can connect with Katie through TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Find out more about her organization, Amazima Ministries, through the website as well as YouTube.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Daring to Hope from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.