Shiloh Griffin was a pastor's wife and Mother of a wonderful bunch of kids. And she loves her roles. But when the opportunity for her to help by teaching music at a local high school comes up she thinks it might be just what she is needing. And that is when Shiloh meets Monica, a fifteen year old girl who lost her Mother a few years back. Monica is a wonderful girl and Shiloh helps mentor her to prepare for a big music event that was coming up. But when she finds out Monica is Pregnant, Shiloh much face her own dark secret she has been hiding about 20 years to help the girl. I have to say, I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would! There were some surprises and twists and turns don't think I would have ever guessed were coming! And I liked the point of view it come from, even though Shiloh had made mistakes when she was young, she know what is right and she tries to do it. And even though this is second book in the Winds of Change series it was a great book and I did not feel like I hopped into the middle of a story. It was a very nice book and I highly recommend it! I received this book free from the publisher, Zondervan, through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.
Lead Me Home is the second book of the Winds of Change book series. I received this book and could not put it down. I haven't read a book like this in a long time and want to get the two other books, unfortunately, I have to wait until next summer to get book 3. It is an amazing book about a mother going back and following her dream and how she takes a student under her wing and helps her to reach her goal and follow her dream. This book is one I will be passing onto others to read but will keep in my library of books to read again and again. I can't wait to read the others.
Shiloh is a Pastor's wife and she stays home even though her boys are all in school. Shiloh is feeling down and almost worthless when a great job opportunity falls into her lap.Through this job Shiloh has to confront her past and work through it. Will her family still support and love her after she tells them her horrible secrets? I am certainly not going to tell you, you have to read the book and find out!
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For me personally, this book started out slow and it took me a while to get into it but as it got towards the end, it was really good. It was emotional and really pulled at your heartstrings. I felt like I was there with the family and at times forgot that I was reading a book and not actually there with them.
I thought it was a nice change of pace to go into a pastor's home, meet the family and find out that they are NOT perfect. I am tired of reading about perfect pastors and their perfect life. Their life is not perfect and they are not flawless so I enjoyed seeing the flaws here, it made it more realistic.
We have ALL done things that we are ashamed of. Whether we did them when we were young or did them yesterday, we ALL have our secrets and we ALL have a past. Knowing that God will not leave us helps most of us through that past but the truth is (despite what others always say) the past WILL come back to haunt you, just as it did to Shiloh. She had to come clean with her family. If you do something stupid, one day you WILL have to tell your family, especially if it affects them. I love how those parts of this book were written. The emotions that Shiloh and her family went through felt real. Her family was honest and not fake and I REALLY appreciated that!
***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***
This is the first time that I've read/reviewed a book by Stacy Hawkins Adams. So, clearly, I haven't read the first book in this series; instead, I jumped head-first into book two. I don't think you need to read book one before reading book two, however. I didn't feel lost or confused at all.
The main character in this novel is Shiloh Griffin -- a pastor's wife and mother. She seems to struggle with contentment in those roles throughout the book. We learn that she gave up her dream of going to college and some day becoming a music teacher to marry her husband and become an integral part of a church body. An opportunity arises for Shiloh to substitute teach at a local high school and we see her come alive with a passion and love for her students. One student in particular, however, brings Shiloh face-to-face with some dark secrets in her past. The rest of the novel reveals Shiloh's struggle with these secrets while finding God's love and forgiveness along the way.
The message that this book presents is very powerful. However, I think the story was slow and stretched out. I lost interest several times and had to convince myself to continue. I would recommend this book, but wouldn't recommend placing this on a "must read" list. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but I am glad that I read it.
"God forgives any sin that one is truly sorry for committing."
This is the second book in the Winds of Change series and you do not have to read the first book to read this one.
This book takes place over a three month period. It plays out very slowly but it is worth it.
This book touches many political and controversial subjects through God. This story is just not about Shiloh's secrets but the secrets of many others in the community. Issues that not only should be thought about, but addressed in the real world. And using God to tie everything together make this book perfect.
(And it helps that I live in the city just south of Milwaukee and loved reading the different Wisconsin cities Shiloh visited!)