It’s time for another book review! This is brand new author, this is her first book, and I really enjoyed it. :>
Here’s the summary:
Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas
“In a Drought, It’s the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope
It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.
Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor…until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.”
The theme throughout the book is forgiveness. It’s a great reminder that there is a fine line between accountability and forgiveness, and it’s often difficult to see the right move God asks of us. And that only the Lord truly knows the heart of each Person. It’s also natural to wonder if someone is truly repentant if they aren’t displaying outward remorse for their sin. It’s great to think about these challenges and to see how the characters faced them as they learned more about God’s forgiveness. It isn’t just the main characters dealing with this issue either, there are quite a few characters judging (the way only God gets to), judging (as in accountability) and forgiving. So much healing takes place as the town struggles through drought, food and water shortages, blame, fear and desperation for rain. I also love that Perla’s daughter, Sadie is used in big ways to show the path to forgiveness. We can often learn from children, just as they learn from us.
The bottom line? God forgives, and tells us to forgive. Sometimes that’s easier said, than done, but always worth the work. We all need forgiveness!
Jesus (Christ) said, “I don’t condemn you, go sin no more.” John 8:11b
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review).