Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Monday, November 7, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

I was first drawn to the novel, His Steadfast Love, by it’s tagline, “A Civil War Novel”. I am a history buff and that particular time period has always fascinated me. In the book, Amanda Belle is “in the middle” of: her brother fighting for the Confederacy and the man she loves, an officer for the Union; a promise made and the stirrings of her heart; life as she has always known it and wartime; how she views slavery and challenges to her views; and finally, her Father’s faith and wrestling with what she believes about God and His working in our life.

This plot and sub-plots serve to make His Steadfast Love well-rounded and fully developed. I am not a fan of romance novels so it was a welcome relief that the book wasn’t drippy and only focused on Amanda and her beloved. Love stories of other friends and family members were even included. Those who are fans of romance novels won’t be disappointed by the romantic encounters, waiting and love notes.

Author, Golden Keyes Parsons, uses vivid details and words that painted wonderful pictures for me and kept me fully engaged. The week that I read this book, I substituted all week, and I almost couldn’t stand it when I had to stop reading.

I appreciated historical facts that were included. Some I had not considered before and some gave me ideas for further exploration. I also liked that a reader’s guide was included. The questions are perfect for further personal consideration of issues raised in His Steadfast Love, or for a book club discussion. I would definitely recommend this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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