Title: A Healing Heart
Author: Angela Breidenbach
Publisher: Abington Press
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
Have you ever noticed how various and diverse authors and novels are even within book series? There will always be published works that will be praised as well as others that aren’t elevated as high. Of course, the same is true with readers, bloggers, reviewers and plainly speaking people. It is the diverseness that can become such a pool of enjoyment with opportunities to learn.
Here is a very touching story straight from the starting line. Widowed at a young age and building an entrepreneurial business along with raising three children, Mara Keegan has some challenges. Already Mara is well past her physical endurance, but presses herself to do more as she views all of life’s responsibilities as hers to carry alone. Since she believes God has done something cruel, how can she look to Him now?
The story includes a quilt, the passing on of one’s heritage with some romance included! I enjoyed learning about making quilts that take memorable pictures, weaving them in when sewing along with the various color patches as well as learning how to take care of one’s self in order to enjoy life and find joy in caring for and about those whom we love.
With great care, compassion and wise counsel, the author brings to the forefront how when we are in a season of grief, we make decisions that might not be the wisest. Perhaps not just shutting out the Lord, but any relationships we once held dear to our hearts. With life going on at a quick pace, we can all forget that the most important contribution we can give to those who come after us is the wisdom we learn along our way.
Another characteristic of the novel was learning how to train or teach younger women what we more mature women can take for granted like we have always known how to do something. For example, in this story Mara has to learn that her artistic gifts can be shared with other women if she is willing to go in the new direction the Lord is leading her. For all of us change can be scary, whether it is because it is change or there is another reason such as who will do or fill the role I presently do if I don’t do it. Yet, the Lord is faithful and if it brings Him glory, He will make sure the role is filled or the job gets completed.
My rating is 5 stars!