And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh Sweet Sanctuary!


Earlier today I finished the BEST fiction novel I have read in a long time. Sweet Sanctuary is written by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen-Coloma. Sheila Walsh's work has been in our home for a long time! Apple loves Gigi God's Little Princess movie and she has How to Be God's Little Princess and God's Little Princess: ICB Devotional Bible. When I saw a this Sheila Walsh adult book up for review, I jumped at the chance. Boy was I glad I did!

Sweet Sanctuary is the story of Wren and her son Charlie. They haven't had it easy. Their lives have led them through a series of events that have left them estranged from all other family. Wren and Charlie have never really put down ties anywhere and they are on the verge of another move. Charlie has been praying that God will help his mommy be happy again. God works in mysterious ways, as we all know, and Wren's life begins to crumble around her. I've certainly had those times when nothing is going my way! In the midst of adversity, Wren turns to God. As He breaks down the walls and barriers she has built, things begin to fall into place and His plan becomes evident.

I don't usually delve into personal topics when I review a book but I have to tell you that this book was personal for me. The first thing to pop out at me was the details about Wren and Charlie's sensitive natures. Speedy and I can certainly relate to them and their struggle to embrace their own personalities without discounting those that are different from them. In our home Apple and Daddy have similar natures and sensitivity and emotion fall somewhere else on the scale for them. It feels like the 4 of us are constantly adjusting and striving to understand each other better so I certainly felt a kinship with Wren. Also Wren really struggles with worry. She over and over imagines these horrible scenarios! Oh my goodness, I totally do that! The whole book she is reminded again and again that worry is no use to us. Our faith and trust should be in the Lord and there's no place for anxiety and worry in that faith. I loved watching Wren's walls come down. God spends lots of time showing me mine and gently steering me towards ridding myself of them.

 I tend to figure out the path of books very near the beginning and that can make books a bore sometimes. Sweet Sanctuary had none of that! I was holding my breath until the very end to see how it would all play out! I got very involved in this book and read it in only 2 days because I needed to know the ending! Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen-Coloma get a A++++++++ on this one!

Sweet Sanctuary

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