If you are comfortable with the concept of a human doing miracles, and if you think God would "curse" you with a "gift", and if you think a person who can accomplish good things through God's power would never thank or praise Him for it... well you might like this book.
Also very disturbing is a prideful "minister" in the story who physically and emotionally routinely attacks his congregation. I realize all human ministers are sinners, and that Satan particularly tempts and attacks God's workers - BUT no one in the congregation ever does anything to get rid of such a prideful man. PLEASE, if your minister does not meet up to the qualifications that God gives in First Timothy chapter three: 1. PRAY for your leader, 2. get your church board to review and correct the situation, or FIND ANOTHER CHURCH to attend!!!
The young woman in this story is supposedly better than Elijah or Elisha - Luke 4:25 "I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephat in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed - only Naaman the Syrian.
The concepts in this story are so very wrong on so many levels. Yes, God does forgive those who ask for forgiveness. Yes, we all need to forgive others. And yes, we all have many opportunities to start again after God wipes the slate clean of our past sins. However the characters in this story are not relating to the God of the Bible. I Praise and Thank my God for His love and forgiveness, and Praise Him for using this sinner to serve Him!
This is a wonderful look at small town life in 1954.
April 18, 2015
This is Sarah Loudin Thomas's debut novel. I found it to be a fantastic piece of writing. She did a marvelous job of creating a variety of characters that were easy to understand. Some of them just plain frustrated me, but then again to be honest I get frustrated with people at times in real life. The interaction between the characters was very realistic. The two main characters, Perla Long and Casewell Phillips were easy for me to connect with though. They had a number of very heavy obstacles to negotiate just to get through everyday life.
The story explores some deep issues about judgment and forgiveness, so in that sense it is not a light read. But it is done in a small town setting and that helps to make it feel lighter.
I especially enjoyed the way that the characters grew and developed in their own lives and in how they related to each other. I loved the paths that many of them took as they were learning about the importance of forgiveness to personal lives as well as to the well-being of an entire community.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed Miracle in a Dry Season. It truly showed how people react in good times and in bad. People most of the time are looking for a miracle and they will latch onto anything that remotely looks like a miracle to help them through the hard times.
I'm torn as to which character is actually the hero in this book. Perla has great qualities but I think that Casewell Phillips is actually the hero. Even though he has reservations about Perla's past, he steps up to help her every time. He is a genuinely good man who wants to get married and have a family but no one really catches his eye.
Perla has a gift - she can cook great meals that seem to go on and on and feed the multitudes which of course causes many to look at her with suspicion but when a drought hits the area and no one has any food, most welcome her meals. A mother who is at her wits end with her little boy and his constant ear issues believes that Perla can heal him.
Miracle in a Dry Season is an amazing story of faith and how we need to forgive and forget people's sins because we are all sinners. No one sin is greater than any other. It made me think about how I judge people and what I should be doing in life.
Sarah Loudin Thomas in her new book, Miracle in a Dry Season published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Perla Long.
From the back cover: In a Drought, Its the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope
Its 1954 and Perla Longs arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.
Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor . . . until he meets Perla. Shes everything hes sought in a woman, but he cant get past the sense that shes hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perlas unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.
In 1954 things were a little different from they are now. For one morals were treated with high regard and having a child out of marriage was not only bad it branded you as a loose woman. Perla has come to Wise to get past that depiction of her but some of the townspeople jump all over it. Casewell is one of the exceptions. He not only falls in love with her immediately he also falls in love with Sadie. And therein lies the story. It is all about healing, getting past your mistakes and not only moving on with your life but finding the future that God has prepared for you. Ms. Loudin Thomas has done an outstanding job of bringing all of these elements together and make them work. And did I mention it is also a romance? I liked the characters and I liked the book, what more can you ask?
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Miracle in a Dry Season is a story I won't soon forget. It is written in a gentle, yet straightforward way. The author's writing style made me feel that I was truly back in West Virginia during the 1950's.
The book is full of interesting characters. Some are accepting of the young mother and daughter who have moved into town, and others have nothing but condemnation for them. I really enjoyed the way that the author revealed things in this story, whether it was revealing past secrets and sins, or exposing judgmental attitudes. It was done well.
The romance is gentle and sweet. Perla and Casewell have plenty of failings, yet they try their best. There are events that can only be explained as miraculous, and the importance of recognizing God's grace and forgiveness in our lives is clear.
I look forward to reading more books in this Appalachian Blessings series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.