This was such a wonderful love story. As promised on the cover, the story of Leigh captured my heart, and my soul. The cover here on Goodreads actuall...moreThis was such a wonderful love story. As promised on the cover, the story of Leigh captured my heart, and my soul. The cover here on Goodreads actually has a different sentence. On my copy it says A love story so powerful it captures more than your heart. It was a beautiful story about a girl finding herself, going out to live in a more liberated world with no overly protective mother hovering over her shoulder every minute of the day. The messages found within made my soul smile. Seeing the characters growth and love and faith strengthened mine and made me want them to have their happily ever afters!
Some scenes were so poignant I had tears in my eyes. Leigh is a survivor of ovarian cancer and has moved to BYU Utah with her brother to attend college. We’re taken inside Leigh’s head, and see the love she has for her brother and Nathan and Brian and her parents. We see her fears and uncertainties and her strengthened faith as those who love her help her to see the light and as she overcomes trials and finds who she is. I loved her strength and determination to do things herself, to do what she loves. She is rather stupid about boys. She never knows when one likes her, and fancies herself deeply in love with one who is so obviously not right for her, and doesn’t notice when the one who is her only true friend loves her. I knew from the very start that Noah was not good for her. He seemed too presumptuous and perfect with no charm or kindness. I loved that Leigh finally realized he wasn’t right. A little late, but not too late.
And then Brian was always there for her. Whenever she needed something he was there to help, to watch over her, to let her lean on him. He was so perfect. Not perfect in that he was godlike and flawless, but perfect in the sense that he was a good man who had faults, but his love was true and his faith was strong. He was such a sweet guy. Intimidating at first, with his broad build and tattoos, but kind and gentle and loving underneath. His and Leigh’s relationship was great. They started out as friends, then became pretty much best friends, and then Leigh realized what she was feeling for him was more than just friendship. Her realizing this, and me reading Brian looking at her deeply, made my heart go pitter patter and long for them to come together with love.
This novel wasn’t perfect. The pacing of the plot was disjointed sometimes, the dialogue stilted at times. The execution wasn’t amazing. But, the emotions were very apparent, the characters endearing, the romance sweet and beautiful, and the spiritual messages inspiring. I would recommend this book to any LDS member who loves a good romance. Don’t read it for the brilliant plot and wonderful writing. Read it for the love and spirit you will find. (less)
The Peacegiver is a nice LDS inspiration tale. James L. Ferrell sheds a thought provoking light on Christ’s atonement and the implications of it and h...moreThe Peacegiver is a nice LDS inspiration tale. James L. Ferrell sheds a thought provoking light on Christ’s atonement and the implications of it and how we can learn to appreciate and love His ultimate sacrifice more fully. How to use it to purge out sin in our hearts and lives, and to grow a new heart full of Christ’s love. This book tells a journey of Rick, and his attempts to understand the atonement, and understand his family who he is unconsciously hurting. In his dreams, Rick is visited by his grandfather Carson, who is deceased in real life. Carson takes Rick through moments that occur in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, trying to help Rick view his life differently. They witness a short scene involving David, of David and Goliath, and then Jonah, and a very short instance of Lehi and his sons before he dies.
During these occurrences, Carson teaches Rick about forgiveness, agency, love, how the devil ensnares us with a single thin cord, and then slowly wraps us up in his corruption and our sins until we are bound so tightly without our even knowing how it all stared. But also how we can learn from others, and not repeat mistakes. Carson gives Rick metaphoric counsel, making the scenes they see become their own life. Are we like Jonah, who runs from the Lord, who doesn’t wish to plead to Nineveh to repent lest the Lord smite them down because he’s afraid, or perhaps feels he’s better than they? That because of his righteousness, they are less than him, and so should they be in God’s eyes? Or are we like David, who through a woman possessed of resounding faith, was able to repent, and save himself from a future need to repent of a wrong doing he had been in the intention of doing? Because of this woman’s humility and faith, David was changed, was shown love, and he then reciprocated it.
It is only through Christ that we can repent, that we can change and be able to see other’s around us in a different light. Seeing them for who they really are, the potential they have, and loving them for that, for who they are, and who they could be if given time, if perhaps we showed more love towards them, instead of anger or contempt. The Peacegiver is a very thought provoking book full of gospel principles. I felt uplifted, and considered my own life, of how I can take these principles to better it. I think this is a good book that every LDS member can benefit greatly from. Whether they be struggling with sin, or are complacent or becoming indifferent in the gospel, or zealously living it with a pure heart. (less)