Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Promise in Pieces: Book Review

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:
    "Most of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8 
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.

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?

You can order this book today on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Disclosure: I was given an advanced reader copy so to review this book prior to its release.

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Linking up with Emily for Imperfect Prose, Jennifer Lee for #tellHisstorySharita for Everyday Jesus, Lyli for Thought Provoking Thursday, and Laura for Quitting Thursday.

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  1. You are a lovely cheerleader, Jen.


  2. Jen,
    Emily's book sounds lovely :)

    Thank you,

  3. Having been out of touch with the blogging world for some time, I am amazed at how many bloggers now have books out! Wow! When are you writing your book Jen? ;)

  4. Hi Emily and Jen- this sounds like a wonderful book. Emily's writing always touches my heart... I'd say the person I am working on forgiving right now is: ME. I am really working on showing more grace and patience towards my children. The Spirit is helping me to let go of all my past "momma mess ups"- so I giving up my guilt and resentment. I am so very tired of holding onto it!

  5. Ok, so next year I have decided that I need to create a "book" budget in addition to my ministry budget. So many incredible books coming out this year that I MUST HAVE. (This one included... and your's too, Jen! Can't wait.)

    Thanks for sharing about this great book and can't wait to get my hands on a copy :-) And thanks for connecting over at #EverydayJesus

  6. Jen,

    Thanks for cheering on Emily's book. She has a lovely writing style, doesn't she?

    Happy Easter,

    Jennifer Dougan


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