Monday, June 29, 2009

Love's Pursuit

Book Description: In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love's Pursuit, go HERE

In Review: "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." is a saying I have heard most of my life, but it was the philosophy that Susannah has been taught to live by. Her days are consumed with work to keep her mind occupied and hopefully distracted from anything that might cause her to stumble. She has also been taught that she must prove herself worthy through days of hard labor to make it to heaven. Just reading made me feel weighed down and oppressed by what an impossible task that would be. However, I realize that so many people are walking around living that today.

Susannah meets a man who is sent to their village to help protect them from "savages". He introduces to her the simplistic idea of appreciating God's beauty such as a sunset which is something that she has never been allowed to do. Every area of Susannah's life and faith is tested as she begins to view things through new eyes. Ultimately, she will witness him "lay down his life for his friend".

A beautiful story. Although set in early America, it is one that will challenge you to look at religion vs. relationship with Christ.

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