Seventy times seven. In a day. That’s a lot of forgiving to keep track of. It would be so much easier if Jesus said we only have to forgive our brother seven times in a day. Or forever. Then again, as I think about it, I can’t remember a time that a single person has offended me seven times in a day. I may just be more fortunate than some.
Nevertheless, this is such an important aspect of Christian living – to not harbor unforgiveness – that Jesus even went so far as to say that if we don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive us. WHAT????!!! Yeah, he said it as plain as day. There is no excuse that it wasn’t clear enough.
As difficult as it might be to forgive someone, it is not worth holding onto grudges. The cost is just far too dear. If you are harboring a grudge against anyone, will you ask the Holy Spirit to help you to forgive him (or her) today?
La Risposta: The Answer
by Autumn Macarthur
Series: A Tuscan Legacy #9
Publication Date July 10, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Italy Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
One marriage ends, as another begins. Or can faith and forgiveness save Beppe and Teresa's life together?
When the harvest celebrations and a family wedding bring the eight cousins back to the the villa at summer's end, along with their new beloveds, the final secrets are revealed, along with the solution to the puzzle of the unsigned paintings.
But can these secrets be forgiven, healing old wounds and mending broken hearts, or will the mistakes of the past be repeated?
The future of a marriage about to crumble depends on the answer!
This nine-book Christian romance series from seven of your favorite authors releases weekly from April 2018. La Risposta (this book) is an entire romance in itself, as well as completing the series.
I would like to thank Autumn MacArthur for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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Resentment and unforgiveness caused a seemingly unassailable wall between Teresa and Beppe despite, or perhaps because of 34 years of marriage. Each one had believed lies about the other and instead of talking things through, they allowed their wounds to fester.
La Rispota is such a tender and sensitive story. As Teresa and Beppe head to Italy to face the past they had hidden from, each one suspects it to be the end of their marriage. A marriage conceived through death, lies, and deception.
I was filled with a sense of melancholy as the book began and felt such empathy for the characters. Teresa’s unrequited love for her husband had caused her such pain, yet she continued to love him and stand by his side. As the details of the story unfolded, I was alternately hopeful and hurting.
Author Autumn MacArthur did a tremendous job of capturing my interest and retaining it throughout this beautiful story. Learning to forgive. Learning to communicate and trust. Learning the truth. And learning to seek the God who can give hope to the hopeless and restore the years the locust has eaten. That is the journey of this story.
The Tuscan Legacy series is a multi-author series about an Italian family. There is a common thread that ties the books together which comes to a conclusion in La Risposta. Each stands alone, yet interacts with the others as well. Though I have other books in the series, time has not allowed me to read any of them yet. It was obvious that there were backstories that I didn’t know, yet I didn’t feel like I was lost in reading this one.