Title: The Message on the Quilt
Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson
The Message of the Quilt is a novel that encompasses an era where times are changing quicker than people’s hearts and attitudes. Characters reflect the questions many have of love, faith and redemption based upon the truth of God as well as the truth about man. What does this mean? Well, for Emilie Jane it means following her heart’s desire to become a writer in a time when such an idea isn’t well received. For Noah Shaw, it is learning that his heritage isn’t what is going to determine his future, but who he is on the inside. For an aging actress, she is learning that no matter how much theatrics one puts forth there are some who see clean through the façade to the truth of her soul.
A quilt carried by a man made by his mother is meant to tell him more than her stories ever could about her life, son and God. One thread in the tapestry of the story is if love could stand through separation, then the truth the past had enfolded for years until recently. Another thread I noticed is the beauty of learning to live without a loved one doesn’t mean that person is forgotten, but because of the Lord we don’t mourn like those without God. If we have given our hearts to the Lord and recognize that His sacrifice reconciles us to Him, we can face hardships in His strength.
Passing on stories and memories is really important, especially to those who are left behind. Learning to share the truth about God is a real bright star in the novel. I liked how the author has older characters take time to gather their mementoes to prepare to write a memoir for others to read long after they are gone. Stories, we just have a hankering for more of them don’t we? They speak to us wherever we are on life’s journey and when we share them with others, they become even more precious. Here on these pages you will read stories within a story.
Grab The Book, The Bible, and let Him speak to the depth of your heart and soul. Afterwards, grab a novel and enjoy reading fiction for the gift that it is; just remember it is fiction. It is good to give our minds and emotions a rest, even an escape during anytime of the day.
My rating is 5 stars.
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