Wednesday, January 15, 2014

5 Stars to My Hope Is Found by Joanne Bischof

 My Hope is Found  The Cadence of Grace book 3 by Joanne Bischof

     Gideon is headed back to Lonnie and his son Jacob after Cassie tells him to go home and that they can get the marriage annulled. Gideon starts for home but things don't go as smoothly as he had hoped.
     Lonnie has to try to move on from her life with Gideon she decides and Rev Toby McKee is glad to fill that spot in her heart and to love and take care of her, Jacob and her sister Addie. Just when she thinks she might be able to move on Gideon shows back up sending her in to confusion.
     Will Gideon get his annulment, will Lonnie give her heart to Gideon or Toby?

    I give this book 5 stars.  As a reader you ride along with Lonnie, Gideon and Toby on the roller coaster ride of emotions. I found myself routing for Gideon to win Lonnie's heart.
    This book is about finding peace, love and hope through faith and God. Lonnie has relied on her faith and must continue to rely on God to show her what to do. Gideon must find a relationship with God before he can find peace and hope for his life. He must grow from a man who is quick to anger and only thinking of himself, to one who is patient and who thinks what is best for others.  Gideon makes so many mistakes by always worrying about his past and all his past mistakes that he finds himself messing up what he wants in his present life. How many of us find we do that too?  We focus more on what we were and did than on God and what he wants for us.

    I think that Lonnie grew in her faith by relying on God for answers to do what was best for her and her son. Toby grew by allowing God to work in him and through him, even when it wasn't sometimes what he wanted to do. Gideon grew by learning to turn to God and letting God in to change him. It is a journey for him and the reader. I think one of my favorite parts from the book was when Gideon said he wanted the peace others had and wanted to know how to find it, he was tired of blaming everyone and God for all his trouble and he cried out to God to forgive him and " In the still small place of his heart, he heard the most beautiful words in the strongest of voices. It's forgiven. You're forgiven. He drew in a deep breath and felt a cleansing wash through him." pg 296 I found myself get caught up with Gideon and a remembering how I felt when God forgave me.

   This book will take you from happy to sad to peace and just when you think all hope is lost you find hope in knowing God and that his timing for everything is just right. Gideon has to go through what he does in order to find peace and hope in God, not in himself or others, and to trust in God's plan.

    I highly recommend this book and in fact the whole Cadence of Grace Series. You won't be disappointed. I think this is a very encouraging and inspirational book of love, faith and Hope.

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  • "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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