First of all, I hardly ever read fiction that takes place decades ago, much less Christian fiction. The first chapter takes place in year 2000, but the second one is a flashback to 1943. When I realized this I think I might have sighed a little. But I love Emily and I love her writing, so I kept going.
And I kept reading and reading and when I got to the last page, I was so sad to see it end. Emily's writing kind of does this to you, just to warn you. It's like saying good-bye to an old friend.
It will seem like the book is about a quilt, but it's really more about learning to forgive one's self and those around you. It's about realizing that no matter how hard you try, you cannot fix the world and the people in it. All you can do is do your best, love, and forgive.
Emily's book brings alive this concept: Love really does cover a multitude of sins. It's a biblical truth that sometimes I forget that's tucked away in 1 Peter:
When I allow myself to live from the depths of my heart, when I allow love to disintegrate my self-protective armor, I am able to see past the wrongs people have done, both those intended and those not intended for harm. I am able to recognize that this world and the people in it are broken, just like me.
"Most of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8
And we are broken and this is good, if we look at it from a certain perspective. On this earth we will never be perfect, nor were we designed to be.
Because we are designed to need Jesus.
Every character in this book needs Jesus. Everyone of them needs forgiveness and has to make a choice to love. And those who choose love, choose forgiveness. They choose freedom. Because we may think we are holding onto past hurts to protect ourselves, but really Satan is using those past hurts to hold onto us.
I've spent too many years being held captive, but I am finding freedom as God helps me to use love as a weapon that breaks chains. This freedom feels so good and I can't imagine going back to the prison which held me.
But the truth is, it is my human nature to self-protect. And I need examples and scriptures to keep me on the path God has for me.
If you are one who needs this, too, I recommend getting lost in Emily's book for a bit. You'll come out fresh, renewed, and ready for God's arms.
Can you tell us about a time you have chosen to forgive instead of choosing chains of resentment or regret?
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Disclosure: I was given an advanced reader copy so to review this book prior to its release.
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