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I wasn?t sure if I would like this book ? I don?t read the Bible as much as I should and I have friends & family members that are very religious which is a good thing, but some of them are a little scary; but I enjoyed this book very much! The Bible references were comforting and made me feel a stronger connection to God and I didn?t expect that I would feel that way ? I didn?t feel ?preached at? and this is a talent that Jacquelin Thomas has, communicating her obvious love of Christianity, but in a way that is encouraging and not overbearing.
I didn?t read The Prodigal Husband first and I can see where having known that story would have added depth to these characters, but even as a stand-alone novel, I felt drawn to the story of Sheila, who after being diagnosed with MS, finds the strength to turn to God for support instead of blaming Him for her past problems.
This pivotal change happens through her friendship with Nicholas, a handsome Christian writer that she?s known for awhile and once had a crush on, but never a relationship. Although there is a connection between them, Nicholas concentrates on being there for Sheila as she goes through her trials with MS and eventually leads her to the Bible and God?s word ? he encourages her to realize her worth in God?s eyes and seek the comfort that can be found in His love.
Along the way, Sheila encounters her business partner Jake, and his wife Tori ? with whom she has a bad history. Apparently Sheila once had a torrid affair with Jake and almost cost him is marriage ? at first she sees her friendship with Nicholas as a way antagonize Tori, since she?s good friends with Nicholas, but again, though the Bible, she finds out that forgiveness is the only way that she will be happy. As his friendship with Sheila increases, Nicholas begins to have romantic feelings for her as well, and the reader gets to watch the battle between his very human needs vs. his spiritual standards.
This was my first Black Christian novel and I plan to read others for the interesting storylines and for the inspiration that they provide ? I just hope my friends don?t think I?m scary! This was a good story and a fast read ? highly recommended.
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