“Neither do I condemn you”
Are there any words more marvelous than these?
I don’t know about you but I have been known to beat myself up over things I’ve done in my past. I still have pangs of guilt over things done as a teenager and wonder if I could have done things better in elementary school. Not all the time but, yeah, it is an area where Satan tries to defeat me.
Here’s the thing, though. When Jesus forgave me, all my guilt and sin and shame were washed away. I AM FORGIVEN!
When Jesus addressed the men regarding the woman caught in adultery in John 8, he made them realize their sinfulness and yet showed mercy to the woman. It is there he spoke these marvelous words.
If you are burdened by guilt, confess your sins and Jesus is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness. I John 1:9.
A Sinking Star
by Chrissy M. Dennis
Published by Anaiah Press
Publication Date November 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Christian Fiction
Setting: Pennsylvania Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
At 17 years old, Evie Boone just wants to survive high school and keep her sisters safe. When their broken mother returns home after disappearing for weeks, nothing Evie can do will keep the cops from messing with her plan to lay low. Worse, there’s nothing she can do to stop the father who walked out on her and her sisters nine years ago from opening his home to them.
As Evie wrestles to salvage her crumbling life, her father and his new family pursue Evie with a gentle love the likes of which she’s never known. Are they for real, or is it all an act? Can she ever go back to the life she knew before her mother’s arrest? And if she’s honest with herself, does she even want to anymore?
I would like to thank Chrissy M. Dennis for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
A heart-wrenching tale of brokenness and hope
This is one of those books that is going to stay with me for a long time. It is a deeply moving story. Though it is primarily about Evie’s grief and guilt, it is not filled with darkness. There is hope. . .
My heart broke for Evie and her sisters. Dealing with a mentally ill mother and feeling that they had no one who cared about them was so tragic. And then to be shuffled off to their father who had abandoned them nine years earlier? Who then decided to try to act like a dad and discipline them and tell them what to do? Yeah, you know how well that went over.
Poor Evie had had to act as the mother in the family pretty much since their dad left. And though she did a pretty good job of it, considering, her poor fourteen-year-old sister, Sammy, was such a mess. I wanted to shake Sammy and ground her and hug her and help her to get her life back on track. She broke my heart!!
Evie’s ignorance about what God is like caused her to fear judgement from him. Especially because she thought she was responsible for everyone in her family and for everything that went wrong.
I loved the way that Evie daydreamed to escape her reality. She was a story-teller at heart and had made up a story of a star that lost its light and needed to be rescued from where it sank. She told it to Lily often. The author wove that theme throughout in a beautiful way.
While Evie’s journey was hard and there were some ugly situations, I really enjoyed it and am so glad for the opportunity to have read it.
This is a fantastic story for someone who feels they have no hope. Being told from Evie’s point of view, it shows how the truths of God sound to one who feels abandoned and it gently leads the reader to see who God is and His love for us.
Be prepared, though, as there are some dark situations. Underage drinking (not described but you know it is happening) and domestic violence play a small part. They are integral to the narrative and are handled with tact and class.