Title: A Miracle of Hope
Author: Ruth Reid
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
This novel totally engages the heart and mind from beginning till end. The story unfolds with multiple plots all pointing to the mysterious ways of God. Lindie is a young woman who finds herself pregnant and no longer wanted by any Amish man in her local community. So her brother Eli arranges for a marriage to his best friend hundreds of miles away. Through looks, words and actions, Lindie has been judged and all but shunned by family and friends, so her conclusion is that no man or God could ever want her again.
Hannah is an 8-year-old deaf girl who has experienced the untimely tragic death of her mother in an accident in which she also was severely injured. While Hannah can read lips extremely well and uses sign language, there are times she retreats into a world where even her father cannot seem to reach her. Josiah, her father, is willing to marry Lindie so that Hannah has a mother who can teach her what young girls need to know and hopefully keep Hannah from running away without telling anyone. Josiah’s only desire is to give his name to Lindie, not his heart. Through time, what each has kept secret may yet be uncovered in a way no one expects.
For me, this is the best of Ruth Reid’s writing thus far. One thought as I read the story was how it takes courage to risk being shunned again to let anyone really be a friend when experience has cause deep hurt. When people have been deeply hurt, to risk or open one’s heart and bare the soul takes courage along with a special recipient to hear and love that person instead of rejecting them again. Another thought I had was how keeping secrets can accidently lead others to reach an incorrect conclusion that can cause the secret keeper further pain.
In the novel, when the characters come to the end of themselves after trying their own solutions to problems, they turn to the Lord. I believe this a truth in life I have learned many times. If I turn to Him first, before proceeding, He has kept me from making a bigger mess than what already exists. The Lord is who we should turn to and not expect those in local fellowships to be something other than what they are, human. It takes prayer, time and discernment to know who to open up to and confide in. When the Lord shows you who He has sent to walk alongside you, be thankful and take one step at a time. A Miracle of Hope shows that believing God is essential to living through the trials of life and bearing up under difficult seasons of life.
My rating is 5 stars.
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