Title: Fearless Hope
Author: Serena B. Miller
In 2013, I read Hidden Mercies written by Serena B. Miller, which was my first introduction to this author. Now I have been blessed to review Fearless Hope, which continues some of the characters introduced in Hidden Mercies though each novel is a stand alone. Depending upon how a story is written along with the reader’s choice of books, there may be some who would quickly dismiss the novel because it has an Amish or Mennonite flavor. Yet let’s not be too hasty when the author is Serena B. Miller as I have found her novels rich in depth and quite enjoyable to peruse.
As I was reading, it crossed my mind that one reason I enjoy this author’s writing is because her characters wrestle with some of the same battles whether spiritual or fleshly as anyone. In the book, Hope is a young woman who is a part of a community of Amish who gather to meet in homes twice a month. Early on a choice her young husband makes turns the lives of his family upside down and now Hope desires to no longer depend on alms from her church, but spread her wings to provide for herself.
A writer in New York, who buried himself in his work after losing his wife a couple of years prior, has come to a major road block in his story telling. Upon advice from his publicist, he goes on a sabbatical, buying a house he recently visited along with his fiancée in a small Amish community in Ohio. From this point on, Logan is immersed in long buried memories and feelings kept at bay while at work writing.
Fearless Hope draws readers in as so much heart of the story reaches out and grabs the reader from chapter one all the way till the end. Hope wrestles with ideas and desires that in her community are not encouraged; yet, it is clear she is gifted to do the jobs she longs to put her whole being into. Have any of us not ever felt that tension between where one is now and where one longs to be yet feels the restraint of some kind holding us back? As Hope does her searching, she begins to try and understand the teachings of the Bible more and the doctrines of her Amish community. I admire that Hope didn’t just make quick or hasty decisions. She takes time to pray and thoroughly study the issues.
It takes courage, hope and dependence upon the Lord when any of us are confronted with a wrestling of the soul, mind or heart. We all can learn from this character to wait for His timing, study the Word, pray and wait for the Lord’s direction. Today’s society is hard pressed to wait for anything, even waiting for traffic to move or service at a restaurant. Perhaps we should make time each week to turn everything off like cell phone or computer in order to read in quiet or contemplate before the Lord. Will you join me in making a concerted effort to shut down the noise and distractions? Make time to read quietly, rest, study or pray maybe even just enjoy looking around in a park or mountaintop at God’s wonderful handiwork. There is no time like the present!
My rating is 5 stars.
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