by Andrea Renee Cox
Have you ever been whisked to a far-off land by reading fiction?
I certainly have, many times. But this time was different. Five Days in Skye was written so exquisitely that I could smell the briny air and taste the scrumptious meals James created for the fictional Andrea. If this book was a debut for Carla Laureano, there are no boundaries to where her writing journey may take her. "Master storyteller" comes to mind, but I'm not sure it's a strong enough phrase.
Must say, though, that I'm glad I waited to read this book until now (as opposed to when it first released). Why, you ask? So I don't have to wait a full year to read the sequel! Not sure I could manage patience for that length of time with a tale this good.
One line that resonated deeply with me reminded me of certain moments in my spiritual journey: “I’m sorry, Lord. I’m an idiot. I thought I’d done so well on my own, but I forgot to ask what You want for me.” How many times have I tried to do life on my own, without seeking the counsel of my heavenly Father? Every time, without fail, I am left empty, no matter how many things I check off my to-do list. In recent months and years, however, I have been learning to seek my Father’s will first, and to lay my dreams and goals at His feet. Only He knows the magnificent plans He has for me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.
Now it’s your turn!
Friends, what was the last fictional book that made you pause and remember a significant moment (or moments) in your spiritual journey?
I'm eager to hear your thoughts in the comment section! And please come back next Monday for a new article.