Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Through the Deep Waters

Title:  Through the Deep Waters
Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:  340
Year:  2014
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Amos Ackerman wants to be a prosperous chicken farmer.  He has left his family of wheat farmers to strike out on his own in this new venture.  Due to an accident when he was a boy, he has a bad hip and walks with a pronounced limp so crop growing isn’t an option.  He meets Dinah and is instantly smitten.  He begins to court her through exchanging letters, even though they live in the same city, and meeting twice a week for lunch at the hotel where Dinah works.  He thinks his plans are working well and his life on the right track when he discovers something about Dinah that causes him to break off their relationship.  He is angry with her, himself and God.  He feels compassion for her stirring, but ruthlessly stomps it out.  He wants to hold on to his bitterness.  Can he realize his dreams of prosperity in the midst of his upside down life?
Dinah Hubley is a young woman born to a prostitute, unable to attend school regularly so has only an 8th-grade education and another secret that haunts her.  She is initially nervous around Amos and other people, being afraid they might learn her secret.  She also knows nothing about God until her roommate Ruthie invites her to church.  Dinah wants so much to have someone love her unconditionally, but fears the discovery of her secret will banish her to a life of loneliness.  As she gets to know Amos better, she imagines a permanent future with him.  Then, a chance encounter with a hotel guest has a disastrous outcome for her Cinderella future she has imagined for herself.
This is a heart-warming romance that depicts the all too human consequences of trusting ourselves and avoiding God.  God’s love for us knows no limit and His forgiveness is complete, which is aptly demonstrated in this story.  Dinah had endured such an awful life.  I could feel how very painful her past was to her thanks to the character development and skilled writing from the author.  I also could identify with Amos’ sense of betrayal and anger over what he thought he had lost.  These very realistic human emotions are deftly penned.  Dinah’s healing transformation once she accepts God into her life was just wonderful to read, and her newfound strength, poise and confidence supplied by God very satisfying.  I look forward to reading more of these novels of hope and God-centered lives.
My rating is 5 stars.

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