“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others -- it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.” Psalm 37: 7-9
What once was lost was my first novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer, though her name had popped out on Amazon.com quite a few times, I never found her novels caught my attention very much until I saw the description for this one. I was honestly surprised to find myself hooked by the second page. The characters are so realistic I found myself wishing throughout every page that they were real, that I could hold and comfort them when they needed it. Christina had a rough time after the poorhouse kitchen was burned down, the men and women who became her family were scattered across the town, and no one wanted a blind boy in their house. Christina was forced to beg/force the Miller owner Levi to take him in.
This book faces many issues, but a large part of it is gossip and self worth. Cora made the mistake of being with a man before marriage, and she became pregnant. Self worth is so important to us, when we strip a person of their worth they are left with nothing, they feel they are nothing, and they believe every harsh word against them is true. The young blind boy Tommy faced this. It was heartbreaking to hear Cora’s and Tommy’s past, but it is something that still happens often today. The weight of the world is pressed on our shoulders, the people we love hurt us, and to protect our hearts we become cold and distant, and hurting the people we are suppose to love. And we hurt God as well because he weeps with us, yet we continue to push Him away.
How many times have we forgotten that we are meant to do God’s will, not ours? How many times have you thought something is okay because others are doing it? I know I have a lot. The book faces the problems of people thinking what is right and wrong. Timmy was moved from Levi’s home to the bank owner’s house, for they had brought it to Christina’s attention that Levi wasn’t a Christian man because he didn’t attend church. They treated Tommy differently, making him eat in the kitchen by himself, sleeping on the floor, while the other two kids from the poorhouse slept in beds and ate in the dining room with everyone else. They claimed it was their Christian duty to take him in and that he was blind and couldn’t tell the difference. When Cora let the owners of the store she was working for know she was pregnant she expected to be tossed out into the street again, but they welcomed her with God’s love, and helped the soon-to-be mother find her way to God again
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
The book was just so wonderful, I would read it again, and probably will soon! Even Christina had some stuff to work out, for she forgot we do not things for ourselves, but for Him, and the glory shall be His. So when you’re feeling unloved, under appreciated, or completely left out remember that God loves you very much, He is happy to see you doing His work and will bless you, and he shall never leave you.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
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