Have you ever noticed a character defect/sin/issue with which you frequently struggle? Something that you're working on letting the Lord control in your life, but that's easy for you to fall into? One of those things for me is being critical. It's easy for me to see the part of something that is done incorrectly or inadequately. I have to be conscious and seek to speak words of positive encouragement, or I can fall into being critical really easy.
Perhaps it's my own awareness of my struggle that made me appreciate the fiction book I read this weekend. One of the themes in the book is learning to be patient and bear with one another in love as the Bible speaks about in Ephesians 4:1-3 . The book is The Sister Circle by Vonette Bright & Nancy Moser. If you're a woman who enjoys reading fiction for fun, but want the read to be worthwhile, this is definitely a book I can recommend. It's about a woman who doesn't know God who finds herself in financial straights, and how God works in her life. It's a book about relationships among women.
When I checked the book out of the library I didn't realize that it was written by the wife of the late Bill Bright, for some reason I just didn't make the connection. I was captivated by one of the other themes of the book; one of growing faith. Throughout the book you come to "know" women in various stages of their relationship with God. I was delighted by watching how some of the women were totally separate from God and then came to Him slowly in various ways, one bit at a time. It was a beautiful depiction of how until someone is ready, the gospel message is meaningless. A depiction of how God works in our lives through people and circumstances to cultivate the soil of our hearts.
What about you, read any good books lately?