Thursday, August 4, 2011

Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman

This book is composed of three novellas written by Beth Wiseman. Each story focuses on the need for the main character to receive or impart forgiveness. Ms Wiseman uses the Amish lifestyle as a backdrop for each story. While the particular beliefs of the Amish may differ from the reader's beliefs there is a lot of spiritual truths and practical applications in relationships that anyone can gain a blessing from.

The author brings out the importance of forgiveness for the receiver and the giver. It is interwoven in an interesting and sometimes surprising way. It is written with a lot of emotion and as the reader you begin to feel what the characters are feeling and you ache for their loss, confusion, anger, bitterness and longing to reconcile.

The first story deals with a lost love. The second story deals with a daughter longing to be accepted for herself. The third story deals with a husband and wife who have grown apart and now face an empty nest. Each story brings out the tug-of-war of forgiving or holding on to a grudge. In each case the character has a valid right to not extend forgiveness. But the author, through the story, shows that forgiveness is always beneficial to all involved and can often bring the healing and love the misused person has longed for.

I would recommend this book because it is easy to read, kept my interest and also gives spiritual insights on forgiveness, faith in God and healthy family relationships.

I received this book free from the publisher through I was not required to write a positive review.