Title: Jaded (Mended Hearts Series)
Author: Varina Denman
Publisher: David C. Cook
My Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When I first began reading Jaded, I wasn’t sure which direction the author was taking her audience. I am glad to have reached the novel’s conclusion with what was surely a surprise ending and one filled with encouragement and hope. The characters in the book can probably be found in any local church anywhere at any time. Why? For the simple reason that all mankind has sinned and when we fellowship together in any way, shape or form, our humanity stands out.
The main characters are Lynda and her daughter Ruthie along with the Cunningham family who have just moved to town. Dodd Cunningham is going to become the church’s preacher, though Lynda and Ruthie haven’t walked into the church since an occurrence years ago. Ruthie was only seven at the time and couldn’t fathom why her mother would crumple up the paper which was handed to all who came through the doors every Sunday morning. So Ruthie smoothed out the program sheet and hid it in her little children’s Bible and tucked it safely inside a drawer.
Without any foreknowledge by Dodd Cunningham, his preaching and seeking the truth in all areas of life is going to unearth a long buried secret. The consequences of this that no one could have foreseen make life even harder than before for a while longer, but the hope is that forgiveness and peace would finally come to the small church peoples’ hearts.
I think the novel was refreshing and impressive as it shows the humanness that does exist within the four walls of a building we call church. There is also reason for encouragement, hope, forgiveness, and the restoration that comes when ugliness is unveiled and dealt with in the love of Christ. While this is a fictional story, it isn’t hard to imagine that the occurrences of the reality portrayed have in fact been seen over the centuries. Therefore, we can have hope when we step forth into the light, removing the veil and receiving the forgiveness that Jesus bled and died for all to receive!
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