I’m not often a fan of Christian fiction, but this book was just delightful. It’s an easy read, and you’ll soon be caught up in the story of four women: Hannah, a pastor on sabbatical; Meg, a widow and empty nester; Mara, caught in an unhappy marriage, and Charissa, an ambitious and high-achieving graduate student. They meet during a weekly spiritual retreat and find themselves becoming friends. You’ll probably see a bit of yourself and your own spiritual struggles in each one.
You’ll also learn something about spiritual disciplines, as the author discusses walking the labyrinth, the daily examen, lectio divina, reading the Scripture with imagination, having a rule of life and spiritual direction. Since I’ve done most of these things in the past, it was a good refresher course. It brought back many good memories from my own spiritual journey and encouraged me to think deeply about the disciplines I’m currently practicing and what changes I might make.
Each character develops and changes through their interaction with one another and with God. You’ll find yourself drawn into their lives, and pondering the landmarks of your personal faith journey. There are discussion questions at the end, making it a good pick for a book club.
VERDICT: 5 Stars. I’ve already requested the second book in the series from the local library!
For more book reviews of Christian fiction see these posts:
The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry — Book Review
a long time comin’ by Robin W. Pearson — Book Review
white picket fences by Susan Meissner–Book Review
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