In my adventures in the blogosphere and book reviewing, I'm being exposed to lots of wonderful authors. The latest is Marilynn Griffith. She's a freelance writer and author, speaker, and a wife & mother to 7 children in Florida. Her latest book, Songs of Deliverance, is an emotional and intense tale about characters who live in Testimony, OH Zeely, Ron, Grace, Brian, Jeremiah, Sean, Quinn, etc.. Each of the chapters is written in the first person point of view of the different characters. It's a wonderful technique which makes each character come alive. I could easily see this book come to life in the form of a movie.I loved the fact that many of the characters were constantly in prayer and constantly aware that they needed the Lords help in order to become better people and more like Him. Sin abounded, but Gods grace abounded all the more. It was a very powerful portrait of faith and grace. This book is full of twists and turns and real life episodes. I was constantly surprised by the latest revelations. Each new twist made the world smaller and brought the characters closer together. Most of the characters in this book are Christians, but they also, as do we all, live in the world. They've made mistakes and lived full lives, and each is coming to the Lord for deliverance and redemption in his/her own way and on his/her own terms. In the end, the Lord delivers and redeems many of them (not all of the storylines were resolved in this book, so I am patient!). Although I did not read Rhythms of Grace (which might have made this one easier to follow), I do want to follow the people of Testimony, Ohio, to see how lives turns out for all of them, and therefore hope there is another book on the way. This book was provided to me for review purposes by Revell Books.
Here we see redemption from the past, forgiveness in the present and hope for the future. Everyone needs a teacher who will never give up on them. In this story of Grace, Zeely, Ron, Jerry, and Brian we find Joyce Rogers, the teacher who always inspired and believed in her students. As these characters are brought back to school, they find themselves again and will find what real love is. This story revolves around each of these characters, beginning with their pasts, as each chapter brings us closer into their lives, and brings our hearts to understand the situations and choices they made that not only effected their lives, but those around them. These characters are real and vibrant. They are showing us the struggles in life and how we can overcome with our faith in God. I love how through the story we see God speaking to these hurting souls saying, "For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle, in the secret place of His tent He will hide me, He will lift me upon a rock." Even though their paths separate, God has a way of bringing them together, along with healing their hearts and renewing friendships. I enjoyed this story, the depth of each character, and leaves you with hope. This book was a gift from Revell for its review.