Novels are not what I usually choose to read. I prefer books that will give me instruction in life. Parenting books are always nice or Christian books that teach me how to trust God more or how to be free from fear. That way I feel like I'm not wasting my time and I don't feel guilty for being wrapped up in a book. Well, actually I almost never finish a book. I have always admired those women that say how much they love to read. When I was in High School I loved reading. At times we had to read a book a week and I enjoyed that. But then I got busy with life, then kids and lost my joy for reading. I struggle so much with digging into God's word every single day and books would get in the way of that. So my books usually find a home on my night stand!
A few days ago I posted a blog about a few books that were put in my possession. My Mother told me that I would love reading Francine Rivers, a Christian Author. So I took her advice and found myself totally wrapped up in a book! As a stay at home Mom, my life at times is not always full of adult type things. But as I read The Scarlet Thread, I found myself counting the hours until nap time so I could read more. Then I would actually dream about the Characters. Sometimes during the day I would think about Sierra or Mary Kathryn and how they felt. Then all of the sudden, way too quickly, I finished the book. When I finished, I thought there was no way I would enjoy another book like I did that one. The Characters had my heart and I just wanted the book to keep going and going.
Then five days ago, I began a new book called Redeeming Love. This was another novel by Francine Rivers. I have never read a book where I felt like the character but in this one I did. My story is different but also much the same. Each chapter, God showed me something about myself. I felt like Angel was really Amanda! And if you read the book, you will see that she was Amanda. But, I won't give any more away. Last night at 12:30am, I finished the book. The last ten chapters were captivating and I cried and cried and cried with each page. My heart raced, tears flooded my eyes, and I found myself crying out on the inside to these characters. I wanted to will them into doing something or not doing something. It was just like the end of a movie when you are just wanting all the good stuff to happen and everyone live happily ever after. Redeeming Love has changed me. Only God knows how, but I know that this book has definitely changed my life. God also showed me through this book how Jeremy, my husband, has been my redeeming love. Actually, my precious Heavenly Father, sent Jeremy to me to show my just how much HE loves me.
My blog isn't turning into an Oprah's book club ladies, don't worry! Today the kids are going out of town with Jeremy's family so I'm starting Francine River's "Mark Of The Lion" trilogy. Reading her books gets me excited about picking up my Bible and reading it because I have learned so much from her writing. Her books are full of God's awesome and mighty Word and that's why her books are so anointed. So put down your InStyle, People or Lucky Magazine and read something that will change you!