This book was a journey of growth and learning to trust God with everything that concerns us.
Luke’s life is thrown for a loop he doesn’t expect when he is nominated and becomes the deacon of Stoney Ridge. All he feels is inadequacy not sure he can take on the task due to his past but this just proves that God can use anybody despite their past. His growth throughout the story as he tries to navigate deaconing and his marriage is wonderful to read about. He made mistakes, he got discouraged, his marriage suffered but he didn’t give up and instead asked God to direct him especially when he took on tasks too difficult for him to handle.
Mollie on the other hand was so sure of what she wanted. Convinced she was ready to handle foster children, prodded Luke until he made enquiries and she got the opportunity. But it wasn’t all picnics and pillow fights like she dreamed. She struggled more than anyone and had to learn to ask for help to trust that God had a plan for the children in her care even when they tried her patience at every turn, to love them despite their attitudes and she grew in the process.
Sam too was another character that grew through this book. He had always lived in the shadow of his older brother Luke and family dealing with the lies people said that his family won’t amount to anything wanting his life to be predictable and manageable even his love for Mollie. When his carefully planned out life is shattered he’s ready to pull away from all he knows and try as hard to get it back but Luke doesn’t let him and I like that he learns to let go and trust that God’s plans are always better than our plans.
The authors insight on foster care is only too real. It’s not all rainbows and roses. Sometimes it’s hard and painful work because we are all broken on the inside. Just loving the children goes a long way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Revell via their bloggers program. All opinions expressed are solely mine