Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Blessing Seer Novella


Title:  The Blessing Seer
Author:  Paula Mowery (paulamowery.blogspot.com)
Pages:  125
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Harbourlight Books
Note:  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Follow my other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/  and on twitter @lcjohnson1988
               
                                This is a contemporary novella about a pastor’s wife and a short time in her life when she experienced the hand of God.  The main character, Addy, is the wife of Griffey.  They have one child, Elianna, who is a college student.  Addy works in a dentist office and tends to be quiet and timid with any people except her family.
                Addy has had a difficult childhood.  Her father was verbally abusive to his wife, Addy’s mother.  At the age of 10, it is discovered Addy’s sister has leukemia and that same night her father leaves the house and their lives for good.  At the age of 18, Addy must take care of all the funeral arrangements for her mother, who has died of cancer.  She gets involved in a young people’s church group and meets Griffey, and they eventually marry.  They begin their married life, careers, and family.
                We come back to the present, and Addy is out for her morning exercise when she meets Conrad, who brings up the very topic that has been troubling Addy since her husband’s sermon yesterday.  Have you really counted your blessings?  Have you received all that you possibly could?  Does God have a storehouse of blessings just waiting to be distributed?  Conrad brings up the point that “blessings are often contingent on obedience”.  Could we receive more blessings if we were more obedient to God?
                The author then takes us through various scenarios in which Addy is given the opportunity to obey God more than she has in the past.  This is definitely outside of Addy’s comfort zone, and she faces doubts.  If she doesn’t obey, will there be any consequences?  If she obeys God, has she really made a difference to anyone?  Finally, who is Conrad?
                This is a good short story or novella.  The author fleshes out her characters well in the short space used.  The feelings of Addy are easily able to be identified with by this reviewer.  The story really made me think of what blessings I’ve missed by being disobedient, but also encouraged me that I can still make a difference in someone’s life by being obedient.  In turn, we will both be blessed.
                My rating for this novella is four stars.


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