I had to share! This is an amazing book trailer for one of my favorite contemporary novels, written by Fay Lamb. It’s romantic suspense; a great story of redemption and forgiveness. Please don’t miss this one. And she has more to come in the near future. If you haven’t read the book, here’s where you can find the Kindle version under the original title, Because of Me.
On this day, one hundred and sixty-six years ago (1847) my favorite classic novel of all time was published––Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
For years I read only classics. They felt safe and opened doors that allowed glimpses into history. Some of these glimpses raised questions in my mind and I needed further reading and research to answer them. When Jane Eyre was published, the novel was considered rather shocking. It was a gothic romance, a coming-of-age story, a study of woman’s scary inner psyche.
Shocking or not, it quickly sold out. Jane Eyre was a success. What made it so popular? I think it’s the fact she was an ordinary woman who overcame a difficult past. She was not beautiful, but she was intelligent, spiritual, and sensitive. She truly loved and cared for others. That fact was not clear in the beginning when she had to fight for existence in her adoptive home. But when she was sent away to a very cruel environment, her attachment to a best friend showed she was capable of love.
When she gained employment as a governess, her true nature and personality rose to the surface. Her inner beauty transformed her humble outer appearance. This is the dearest hope of many ordinary women, hidden away in our hearts––that someone will see beyond our outward appearance and love us for our true nature. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte succeeds in encouraging us to believe it can happen.
If you have never read Jane Eyre, I encourage you to do so. Even if you don’t like classic novels, I believe the story will pull you in. If you’ve tried and really can’t get into it, get the movie. There are several good versions. The 2011 version from NBCU (pictured above) is my personal favorite, available here ––I don’t get any kickback for this link.
Thanks so much for stopping by. May the remainder of your day be blessed.
This week’s post is a little different, because last night I attended a concert hosted by my home church, Trinity World Outreach Center and The Refuge, an area youth ministry. Eddie James began with worship and praise, belting out songs with energy. His backup singers and dancers brought us so frequently to our feet, we just stayed there.
But the real star of the show was the message. Not just when Eddie spoke, but when the kids told why they’re here. Life changing. For someone who lived through the heartbreak of raising a child addicted to something, the moms whose children are still addicted, the families suffering because their child is a gangbanger, this night held hope and healing.
Eddie’s message is tough. He preaches aggressive faith. He preaches obedience. He preaches purity. But most of all, he preaches grace and reminds us of God’s love. And the glory falls. Lives are changed.
This is a mighty wave like none we’ve seen. This is a way to fight back against the heartbreaking epidemic of addiction. Once again, as it did in the late sixties and early seventies, it begins with our youth: revival.
Hope surges when revival is present. If you’re in the Louisville, Kentucky area and your teen or teens need help, get them to The Refuge. They meet on Sunday night in Mt. Washington and again on Wednesday night at Trinity World Outreach Center, in the Family Life Center. The Shift has begun. Things are changing, and it’s a change I don’t want to miss.
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