Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers

To be honest, I'm not really sure how to begin conveying my review of "Her Daughter's Dream".  This book has impacted me in ways I never suspected it would, and I don't think anything I can say will do it justice.  This is the conclusion to a multi-generation saga, bringing to light the relationships between mother and daughter and the fears that keep us from realizing the depth of our love for one another. 

Francine Rivers does an amazing job bringing the characters to life and gripping your heart.  They go through real life circumstances; hurt, loss, despair, fear, love, tragedy, faith and joy.  This is not a feel good novel about how Christians go through life with no trial or tribulations, it depicts REAL life through four generations of women.

As I think back to the story, I realize how much I need to trust Him more and me less, that I need to exhibit more faith in the God who lights my path, and not use a flashlight when the Son is shining so brightly. 

There were times during the novel that I thought "Don't say it, don't do it! That is not a good idea".  I had to laugh thinking this must be what God says every minute of every day when we say or do things without reflecting on His desires for us.  We must drive Him crazy!  I know I sure do.

He is who sustains us.  Our faith in Him is allows us to walk the streets of this wretched earth to love, be loved and share His love.  I think of all the books out there that tell us what our purpose is, when in one short sentence it is our purpose to love, to have faith in Jesus Christ and to share those two things with others.

Take time and read these two books.  I pray that you will enjoy them as much I did and that they will place the desire for a legacy of love and faith in Jesus Christ deep into your heart and soul.

God Bless -

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.
Growing up isn’t easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to her room with tuberculosis, Carolyn forms a special bond with her oma Marta, who moves in to care for the household. But as tensions between Hildie and Marta escalate, Carolyn believes she is to blame. When Hildie returns to work and Marta leaves, Carolyn and her brother grow up as latchkey kids in a world gripped by the fear of the Cold War.
College offers Carolyn the chance to find herself, but a family tragedy shatters her newfound independence. Rather than return home, she cuts all ties and disappears into the heady counterculture of San Francisco. When she reemerges two years later, more lost than ever, she reluctantly turns to her family to help rebuild a life for her and her own daughter, May Flower Dawn.
Just like Carolyn, May Flower Dawn develops a closer bond with her grandmother, Hildie, than with her mother, causing yet another rift between generations. But as Dawn struggles to avoid the mistakes of those who went before her, she vows that somehow she will be a bridge between the women in her family rather than the wall that separates them forever.
Spanning from the 1950s to present day, Her Daughter’s Dream is the emotional final chapter of an unforgettable family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter—and the very nature of unconditional love.


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