Have you ever noticed that some people always choose to see the bad in a situation and some people always see the good?
It can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the bad. We just got our truck paid off two months ago, and despite replacing the entire brake system, it’s still making a noise and I have to take into the shop tomorrow. I struggle with balancing my day job, my mommy job, my wife job, and finding time to write.
Here’s the good. I have a truck to drive that is paid off. I’m blessed with a job, two children, a husband, and this writing gift and dream God placed in my heart that I get to share with you.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
If you focus on looking for the good in any situation, no matter how bleak, you will find something to praise God for and be a much happier person. Even when I suffered an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, God taught me He uses hardships for good.
You might wonder what this has to do with a Christian fiction book review and giveaway.
Like the main character, we have to choose whether or not we acknowledge God for the good things in our life, or just blame Him for the bad.
I really enjoyed the hero, Captain Brogan Talvis. He struggled with God and the bad things he’d endured. And trust me, there were a lot.
I thought I had the ending pegged, but was taken completely by surprise. Love that!
I did feel the heroine, Lorena, could have been developed more. I wanted her to struggle with something, to have a flaw. The good Lord above knows I’m flawed, and I need the people I read about to have flaws so I can relate to them.
If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll like this book. It’s clean with a happy, albeit surprise, ending.
Here’s the back cover copy.
An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son–his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child’s whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder’s daughter, Lorena Huntley.
Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own–until the day another’s evil deceit leaves her helplessly ship-bound, heading toward England.
As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all–love.
Now for the fun part. Bethany House gave me this copy for my honest review and I’m passing that along to one of you.
Here’s how to enter.
Winner will be announced here on Tuesday May 22nd, 2012. Each action puts your name in the drawing once, so you have a total of 5 entries if you do all of them.
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Do you notice a change when you begin to look for things to praise God for instead of complaining? Do you have any tips for turning around a pessimist outlook?