Have you ever been whisked to a far-off land by reading fiction?
I certainly have, many times. But this time was different. Five Days in Skye was written so exquisitely that I could smell the briny air and taste the scrumptious meals James created for the fictional Andrea. If this book was a debut for Carla Laureano, there are no boundaries to where her writing journey may take her. “Master storyteller” comes to mind, but I’m not sure it’s a strong enough phrase.
Must say, though, that I’m glad I waited to read this book until now (as opposed to when it first released). Why, you ask? So I don’t have to wait a full year to read the sequel! Not sure I could manage patience for that length of time with a tale this good.
One line that resonated deeply with me reminded me of certain moments in my spiritual journey: “I’m sorry, Lord. I’m an idiot. I thought I’d done so well on my own, but I forgot to ask what You want for me.” How many times have I tried to do life on my own, without seeking the counsel of my heavenly Father? Every time, without fail, I am left empty, no matter how many things I check off my to-do list. In recent months and years, however, I have been learning to seek my Father’s will first, and to lay my dreams and goals at His feet. Only He knows the magnificent plans He has for me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.
Now it’s your turn!
Friends, what was the last fictional book that made you pause and remember a significant moment (or moments) in your spiritual journey?
Have any recent novels impacted you deeply? If yes, how so?
I’m eager to hear your thoughts in the comment section! And please come back next Monday for a new article.