The story seemed slow after the initial blast of drama, then it seemed like it might be a YA novel.
THEN... I had to grab my pencil and start underlying. Besides being an exciting story, this is a brilliant allegory of the two parallel kingdoms in which we live: the physical and spiritual - according to Jesus.
How did I miss His references to "seeing with spiritual eyes?" Somewhere along my 40-year journey with Jesus, I started learning "about" Him, doing things "for" Him. I forgot about being "indwelt by" Him, in the spirit realm. Inside "me."
I feel I've been born again, again.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series. So grateful for Ted Dekker's insights and writing.
The book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews & Reviews. The views here are my own.
I give this novel five stars.
Mattie's words continue to resonate long after I set his book aside. I've begun to add his poems to my morning devotional reading, finding my heart lighter, my awe of the written word expanded. As a writer, I don't believe I've fully understood the power to lift, encourage, inspire until now.
Listen to Mattie's convictions his mother shared in the introduction of his last book:
No two Heartsongs are exactly alike, and no one Heartsong is better than any other one.
It is important to take the time and effort to listen to and share our own Heartsongs, but equally important to take the time and effort to listen to and share the Heartsongs of others...
We should be generous with our own Heartsongs, sharing them with those we encounter who have forgotten or lost the song in their hearts, until their own Heartsongs reawaken and unite to become an integral part of "the festive fabric of life."
Today, I'm sharing Mattie's Heartsongs with you. Then I'll begin my writing time and trust that my own songs will end up on the page. And though I write fiction, or because I write fiction, maybe worthy Heartsongs will flow from the lives of my characters into a book and will continue to sing.
This quote has become especially meaningful lately: "...always remember to play after every storm."
Nike N. Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is the founding board member of the Grace Awards, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction.
She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. She writes monthly book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine.
Her recent contemporary detective series (HARMFUL INTENT and DEADLY DESIGNS) has garnered acclaim and has been called: sassy, witty, gritty, charming, and yummy.
Her historical suspense Sanctuary Point series brought on a crime wave that swept the south shore of Long Island during the 1940s (BURNING HEARTS, GOODBYE NOEL, PERILOUS SHADOWS, DARKEST HOUR) won acclaim and awards.
As we ready the last of our belongings to move from the farm, this sunrise felt like a farewell gift to us.
It's been an amazing place, but we are excited about the next phase in our lives and curious about all it will hold. After living around boxes for months, it will be good to be resettled and back to some kind of writing routine!
You have upheld me, Lord and kept my steps from slipping. You have tried me and strengthened me. You have restored my soul.
This day, Papa, put Your perfect will in my heart. Give me eyes to see Your face. To see your path.
"Lead me in the right path, O lord...make Your way plain for me to follow."
Psalm 5:8 NLT
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