First off, this is not a book review. I don’t like unsolicited book reviews. However, as I recently discovered a new author and completely fell in love with her work, I thought I’d write a little about the things I’ve learned.
This author is Francine Rivers. Granted, she’s not “new”, but believe it or not I hadn’t read any of her books before so she’s kind of new to me.
I read a lot. I pour through book after book. And mostly I read easy-to-read-and-understand contemporary novels. You know, for pure entertainment. But all of a sudden I felt like I was a little tired of all the same books and authors. Karen Kingsbury, Lori Wick, Wanda Brunstetter, and Beverly Lewis can only hold your attention for so long.
I felt like I needed a change. So I began to search around. In the back of a KK novel I read about Francine Rivers, and although I feared it might be much the same style as KK, I was immediately captivated by what Kingsbury wrote about Rivers’ novel, The Atonement Child. So I googled it. (Another thing I do a lot.)
While googling Francine Rivers, I read reviews and descriptions of her stories. Redeeming Love held my attention, as did The Atonement Child. I went to the library and got Redeeming Love.
The story enraptured me. It’s based on the biblical prophet Hosea who was commanded by God to take a prostitute as his wife.
Though fallen low
God raised her up
The story opened my mind. And although the writing style was similar to KK’s work, I loved it. It was also a thicker book with smaller print so it took longer to read.
Next was The Atonement Child. On the cover it says And a little child shall lead them… . It’s the story of a college student who is raped and left with an unwanted pregnancy.
Pain has its own rewards. It keeps you out of the fire.
The world of prostitutes and rape is as strange to me as can be; maybe that’s why these stories fascinated me so much. They opened my mind to learn about new things.
My life, like the one of Dynah Carey in The Atonement Child, has always been very sheltered and protected, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine things like prostitution, rape, abuse, slavery, abortion, and assisted suicide are real. Very real. So it’s good to read about them.
These stories made me grow. I asked myself questions about things I had never even thought about before. My imagination was sparked. My own interest in writing was renewed, somewhat. I was more thankful for things I had taken for granted.
Stories that make you do this are the ones worth reading.
Have you read these books? If so, what did you think?
And now I need more suggestions. Which books should I read next? Please drop me your favorite book suggestions in the comments; whether it’s a novel, non-fiction, self-help… doesn’t matter. I read anything.