When I got this book, I wasn't too sure what to expect but I did have a fair idea that I would enjoy it and I loved it and read it in one sitting.
Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock is a loose modern retelling of the Parable of The Prodigal Son. In the beginning we meet twins Kara and Lizzie , their father Jack and Stepmother Amanda. They lived as a happy family, away from the spotlight of Jack's billionaire father. All was well until tragedy struck and not only did Jack's parents die but also Jack himself in a tragic plane accident. Soon Amanda is left as heiress to the fortune and stepmother to the two little twins. The news of the money though gets out and out from the woodwork appears Sherry's parents - the girls grandparents from their mother's side wanting custody of the girls and their money. Amanda not having a leg to stand on, loses out and soon begins the journey and story of two little rich girls who were deprived of what really should have been theirs all along. On their eighteenth birthday, Amanda strikes out to the girls and is received with mixed emotions- Lizzie is happy to see her and moves in with Amanda but Kara - believing the lies that she has been told and out to think that Amanda robbed them of her fortune takes a stroll down the opposite path , a path of destruction,lies and eventually pain and hurt. Can Lizzie and Amanda convince Kara, that this is the way for her or will it have to take another tragedy to occur for Kara- the prodigal daughter to find her way home ?
Covenant Child is a book that you won't be able to put down and a story that will tug at your heartstrings
Covenant Child is a modern day prodigal son story!
May 18, 2012
Covenant Child can best be described as a modern day prodigal son story.
This book is an easy read and I found myself eagerly turning pages this week!
I liked Terri's writing as it was raw in some parts. It wasn't always pretty and sweet like many Christian fiction books tend to be. The life of the main characters was rough and hard and she portrayed that in an honest and real way.
In reading this book you find out that one twin returns home upon her 18th birthday leaving to claim the fortune that was promised her. The other is more stubborn and doesn't like the idea that if she goes 'home' she will need to finish school, live by the rules of someone else, etc. Her stubbornness leads her to try to find a way to sue her step mother for what she believes is rightfully hers. Despite knowing that all along she could have it if she would just come 'home'.
This illustration reminds me of a toddler who constantly says "I can do it"!
Too often toddlers are learning how to be independent and don't realize that others hold knowledge and experience far greater than they can comprehend.
So we let the toddler try and try and try again until either they get it or they ask for help.
In this situation the rebellious twin has a hard time learning that she won't get her way....that she must give up her pride.
It isn't until she is to her lowest point that she finally decides to ask for help.
The story is so much a reflection of God's love for us.
He gave us free will and the ability to choose how we live our lives.
He will not interfere or force himself on us, but he loves us unconditionally and he hopes that we choose the route that leads to him.
Far too often we must be brought to our knees before we realize it's time to ask for his guidance and help.
I enjoyed reading this book and encourage everyone to read it.
Especially if you have ever doubted God's love or promises.
"For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God". ~2 Corinthians 1:20.
Covenant Child introduces us to twin girls Kara and Lizzie. Upon the untimely death of their billionaire father, the girls are placed in custody of their grandparents who unfortantely do not have the girls best interest at heart. After a long court battle their step-mother Amanda arrives at their doorstep with their inheritance and an amazing offer of love the girls have a difficult choice to make. For years they have been lied to, cheated and deprived. Will they accept their step-mothers gracious offer or choose to go another way?
Terri Blackstock lays out an amazing analogy in this book, with the girls representing the human race where they either accept God's free gift of love and salvation or not, Amanda representing God coming to them with unconditional love and the grandparents as the enemies of God doing everything they can to prevent the girls from discovering the truth. This is a book with a powerful message about God's love of His children and the lengths He will go to to bring them home.
Covenant Child, by Terri Blackstock, is an excellent book! It is the story of a broken family whose only hope is the faith and persistence of one member. It reminds us that God is bigger than our circumstances and in control if we allow Him to be.
Amanda and Jack Holbrooke marry when his twin daughters are just three-years-old. But when he and his parents die in a plane crash soon after, the girls' maternal grandparents appear and are awarded custody of them. The grandparents squander the generous allowance that the court awards for the girls, but Amanda is awarded the rest of the Holbrooke estate. She continues to build it and keep it safe for the girls, contacting them as possible as they grow up. When they turn eighteen, she invites them to live with her and learn to take over their inheritance. Lizzie accepts immediately, but Kara is skeptical and fights the idea.
I found myself getting involved with the story as I read. The characters are very realistic, each with attitudes and problems that one finds in people daily. I found Amanda's faith and loyalty to the girls and to the Lord very inspiring. I would most definitely recommend this book!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
COVENANT CHILD by Terri Blackstock is a work of fiction which depicts the concept of Biblical covenant, showing in a dramatic yet poignant way the undying love and grace of the Heavenly Father in His pursuit of man. A captivating story, I must say.
Having given that basic review line, let me say that I LOVE THIS BOOK!! If a scale of 1 to 100 was being used I would without hesitation give it 100+. But since it is only a 1 to 5 scale I'm forced to give it a 5. Do you get my drift?
I was captivated upon reading the very first line: "There's a question that haunts me in the blackest hours of night...". Not since I read my Dad's own autobiographical book have I encountered a more gripping, captivating story. Honest. This is the first time I have read one of Terri Blackstock's book and, for sure, it will not be the last. I intend to look for more of hers. That she is a gifted writer is quite the understatement!
This story of twin girls who were born into riches, lost it and had to struggle to regain it is a captivating story (have I mentioned the word "captivating" yet?). Although it is fiction, I often had to adjust my brain to remember that this was not a true story...maybe even an autobiography since it is written in the first person.
May the Lord greatly bless and use this book to reach, or help His children to reach, the many people around us who are floundering in their search for true happiness only to be found in Christ.
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