Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A Promise to Love
Some mornings (such as this) is full of one crazy happening after another. I'm sure it doesn't help that the kids woke up early, thus making me wake up early. Or having two slightly crabby daughters. So dear readers if you're reading this today say a prayer to your ever faithful Jesus Book Girl blogger I could use it :)
A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller is the tale of Ingrid Larsen and Joshua Hunter. Ingrid has ventured to America to find her brother who seems to have disappeared. Joshua is a cherry farmer recovering from the death of his wife and the after effects of the Civil War. These two are thrown together when Ingrid asks Joshua marry her to rescue his five beautiful children. If Joshua doesn't marry Ingrid he loses his children after recently losing his beloved wife. Will Joshua be able to marry Ingrid and if he does will he be able to find it in his heart to love once more?
I can't tell you enough about how incredible this book is. The characters were so real, and the historical aspect spot on. Not only that but the biblical truth that was immersed in the story even affected my walk and drew me closer Christ. Books like A Promise to Love is very rare for me. When an author can write a beautiful romance, but also entwine a message of biblical truth to the reader, it's only done by a masterful writer. This book is a book that I've been reading over and over again. So dear readers if you like a good historical romance with a great message please read A Promise to Love!
*This book was given to me via Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group in hopes of my honest opinion and I honestly gave it
“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
I'll admit I am not a great stay at home mom. Seriously, I would rather be sitting down and eating chocolate than cleaning. I love being a mom, but the mundane things like picking up, cleaning, folding, or sweeping is really hard for me and trust me dear readers there is no way I do it cheerfully. Then while I was reading A Promise to Love Ingrid said something that hit me
"From now on, she wouldn't just be diapering Bertie, or scrubbing clothes, or washing sticky little hands and faces-- she would be serving the Lord. Every meal she cooked, every bucket of water she lugged from the well-- all of it would be in service to the Lord. Everything she did in caring for these precious children, this fragile mother, this damaged man-- would be, in her heart, a sacrifice of love to Christ."
Oh how that paragraph went to my heart, and I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me and say "Do you do that with your cleaning?" I had to admit to myself no I don't! So from that moment on I decided that every little mundane act that I do during for the day will be done cheerfully, as though I'm working for the Lord rather than for people.