Title: The Song
Author: Chris Fabry
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
The day was sunny, quiet and peaceful; therefore, it was a perfect time to pick up a novel. I slowly opened the book to what I discovered to be a heart-transforming story. With society today, marriages are under pressure to stay biblical, true to the wedding vows and faithful. The messages we all hear through various media or avenues is that sexual pleasure is the top priority in marriage, or for anyone seeking to be “loved” even if it is for a short time.
Here is a tale we read about two young people, Rose and Jed, who begin married life with hope, rose-colored glasses and plans for their future including growing old together. However, what occurs is Jed being lured into a life he knows is vain and leaves nothing but victims in its wake unless God is allowed to redeem. Rose though is broken-hearted and hurt very deeply. She now knows she must put boundaries on her relationship with Jed in order to allow God to show her the way to go and to see if her husband is willing to return to God first.
The novel was so gripping I read it in one sitting. No marriage is absolutely or always perfect; there are times of trials, pain, letdowns and waiting. Also, marriages can experience times of joy, fulfillment, friendship and growth. What is a spouse to do during the seasons where waiting, patience, and hope are required by faith before the fruit is actually born? In the novel, we learn that it is in turning to God and seeking help from Godly counsel even if the mate isn’t actively working on the marriage but is falling deeply into sin.
I found the counsel that Rose was given to be wise and biblical with that of not just throwing open the doors of her heart but walking slowly with the Lord’s leading to healing for her marriage. Though Jed shows true repentance, the wisdom to walk slowly and not demand Rose be a “wife” to him in all ways was extraordinary. The truth is we cannot force others to act like nothing has happened when we fail, sin or fall, but we can repent, turn to God and let Him change us and shine through our daily lives. In time, He transforms us even more into the image of Christ as we walk through the healing seasons, finding out He has done above and beyond all we ever asked or thought.
Great novel doesn’t seem like enough to say about it, but the depth of truth shared in the story will touch hearts in a way that is just unique to all who read the book!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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