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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
Series: Courtship of Nellie Fisher
With a slow start, Forbidden lacks the descriptions needed to visualize the setting and people, but the story itself makes up for that. Lewis switches points of view frequently throughout the book, making it confusing for readers who have not read the first book in her Courting series, but these changes give the reader an insightful view of the varying conflicts created by splits in churches.
As characters confront issues of forgiveness, devotion, and faith, Lewis shows the importance of love and prayer in the Christian life. She addresses the Christian's quest for assurance of salvation, questions regarding how to help others come to that same assurance, the need to be in the world but not of the world, and personal struggles to understand God's will. The heart of The Forbidden can be found as Nellies mother tells her, "It's not so much how we manage to get through the hard things as it is being willing to cling to God's promises while we're getting there" (p. 267). Elias, Nellie's father, later recalls a verse in the Bible (Acts 1:7) and says, "'Tis not for us to know the times and the seasons, nor the hearts of men but to simply trust" (p. 290). Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com