I'm wondering about the books that touched your heart, helped you understand something new, a book that the Lord had you read that was just what you needed at the time you read it. I want to hear about books that made you laugh, cry and everything in-between
SECRETS SHE KEPT by CATHY GOHLKE was the last book I read in 2015. I had had it in my house for a few weeks and hadn't gotten to read it yet. But with time off of work for the holidays I finally had my chance. Oh, what a way to end 2015. I've read other books by this author and have been blown away by them but nothing prepared me for this experience. I'm still working on my full review. So many things jumped out at me and a few rocked my world.
In the author notes at the end of the book she says this about this novel, "This is Hannah's story, and it's yours and mine. FORGIVENESS (my emphasis) requires our confession that we can't perfect or fix things, our repentance for our own sins and short comings, our belief in the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ to pay our debts, and our daily walk in the newness of life only He can provide. It's a lesson we learn and live, then repeat again and again. Praise God."
I liked the fact that this message was brought about in a powerful non-preachy way. We were discovering the aspects of forgiveness with both characters at the same time. Each struggling with it in their own way. It was honest, real, gritty and powerful!
Great way and word to start out 2016. One of the characters in the story talks about forgiveness and she says this. "...I prayed. a silent prayer to the Lord Jesus. I cannot forgive this man. Give me your forgiveness..,...The most amazing thing happened. It began in my shoulder and traveled the length of my arm right into my hand - a current, like electricity. It passed from me to him, and with it a love in my heart for this stranger - this man who had been my enemy - that I cannot explain...."
"...Do you know what this showed me? What this means, Hannah? This is proof that Jesus does not expect us to forgive in our own strength that the hurts in this world are not healed by us, not forgiven by us, but by his Great Love. Jesus said to love our enemies...and with that command He gives us the Love to Do It!"
I didn't expect to find this inside this riveting, suspenseful, heart-wrenching story of things that happened in WWII concentration camps. I loved how this author had the story line seamlessly flipping from current time back to WWII time. I found myself caught up in both past and present situations. Feeling the heart ache and joy each character experienced. A mother living in WWII time period and a daughter learning about her mothers secrets for the first time; changing her view of what her relationship was to her mother.
This author includes 13 discussion questions that will definitely get your book club discussion going. There is so much to discuss, explore and discover in the 404 pages of this MUST READ novel. The author explores so much of what happened then to what is happening now thru her characters. My eyes and heart were open to so much! I highly recommend this book to everyone. You'll learn so much about that time period, yourself and the world around you.
Thanks to Cathy Gohlke for this inspirational and informative book. This would make a great book club pick.
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