Title: How Sweet the Sound
Author: Amy Sorrells
Publisher: David C Cook
Have you ever read the story of Tamar in the Old Testament? Tamar lived in ancient Israel centuries ago. She was the daughter of a king and certainly blessings and treasures were experienced. However, Tamar also was a woman who was victimized by her half-brother the result of which devastated Tamar. To fully appreciate the author’s take in her fictional work, I highly recommend reading the account of Tamar in 1 Samuel 13 in order to fully appreciate the novel.
The matriarch in the Harlan family is a hard woman who demands the highest level of respect even though she gives none to anyone else, especially her only daughter, Comfort. Cole the oldest brother of Comfort and Rey is a harsh character who lives a life filled with deceit until one day he mentally snaps and his actions cause repercussions in many lives. Cole’s reaction one night causes deep pain, shock and turmoil the Harlan matriarch has fought for years to keep from surfacing due to her own shame.
From there, the story unfolds of how God’s love, grace and mercy can be experienced even after the darkest of nights. The author shows the reaching out to all of us that God the Father does, and how we each must choose to walk the path to Him and to our healing from traumatic scarring events. In the characters’ daily activities, we read how they work through the pain and grief, toiling to uncover the secrets that have bound the family for years.
At the beginning of each chapter, a quote is shared that didn’t add anything to the novel as a whole in my opinion. Most of the quotes and people quoted are unknown to me, so after a few chapters I just continued reading without paying any mind to them. The story shows raw emotion, desperation and hopelessness that happen when life tends to side swipe us and turn our world upside down. It is equally true that the way God is portrayed as loving and speaking to the deepest inner recesses of our soul is very touching. I was constantly reminded of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie who always reminded Corrie that no matter how deep humans wound humans; God’s love is deeper still.
I believe that the novel has the potential to help many victimized women to come to understand the hope, healing and restoration work that God does. There is also the challenge to walk the long road of healing with the strength of the Lord and a call for the Body of Christ to be His arms, hands and feet to those who are broken.
My rating is 4 stars.
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