Friday - The link between Jo and Nate is probably what makes the book work so well, even if we don't interact with him so often. You see, a year ago, Jo watched as this very same person was intentionally run over. He just had to be dead, but here he is standing tall and looking pretty healthy. Nate is also one of us flawed Christians who is trying to push a secret so far down into himself that it no longer is even a memory, but the Jo shows up. She doesn't talk to him, or anyone really, right off, but she is really freaked out. How would you feel if you saw someone killed and they pranced around before you a year later? No, this isn't a vampire novel, and no there is nothing supernatural about all of this. It's just that sometimes we make conclusions based on assumptions.
For his part Nate is trying to reach out to the "unreachable" in the neighborhood, basically using music (with Lisa) and his rather unique way of talking to people. You can't carry a secret around inside you for long. Either you will conform to the secret and lose yourself, or the secret will come out, usually when you least expect it, and are even less prepared to deal with it. Yet Nate has glossed over the truth, hidden the real facts and tried to go on and pretend it didn't happen. All the incidents that surround Jo really unnerve him. In the end, with the Lord's help, he finds peace at last to face his fears, his anger, himself.
Isn't this like the rest of us? I mean we try to keep some things secret, even from our spouse, family, ourselves, but God will find a way to draw the truth out, because until He does, He cannot bring us into His peace, and He wants us to live in His peace and love. So if someone comes into your life that really seems to upset it, think. Maybe God's trying to bring you into a better place, but you have to walk through that valley to get there. Just remember, He's with you in the valleys as well as the mountain tops.
Don't forget to visit Mags' site. I visited it and although I'm not big fan of the romance genre, she has a really great site and talks about some really interesting things. She doesn't preach at anyone...except maybe herself. You'll find her site HERE
Some of the places you can purchase her book are:
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