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An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers
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May 28, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: Everyone!!

Another interesting read by Francine Rivers...
Again many lessons learned!
A few thoughts from things I read...
I'll try not to use names so I don't give away plots... ;)
**There is a discussion between two characters, about why God would allow a servant of His to be killed while being faithful to Him...
"If a centurion ordered a legionnaire to go into battle, would he not go?" The other character relpies "x wasn't a soldier", (and here it is.... the line that struck me!) "Wasn't she? Rome builds armies to take land and people captive, to expand the boundaries of the Empire to the farthest reached of the known world. But X was a soldier in another kind of army, one that fight a spiritual battle to free the human heart. And in that war, GOD'S will prevails."
Those are such strong words, and so true! It's the reason we're here! To do His will, and serve Him! We wouldn't question commands given to us if we were in the armed forces- we would carry out our orders without question, why is it so hard to do the same when it comes to matters of the heart? Our instruction manual is laid out, 66 books worth!

** Another line that spoke volumes to me... a character is cursing God, convinced that He can't possibly exsist, and the response to him is "How is it possible to hold such anger against something you don't believe in?" How indeed? And yet it happens! When I share the truth with people they are either open to it, or they get angry about it! Why is that!? If it's not true, made up like a fairytale- why do they get so passionate!? They don't get angry when they read about cinderella or snow white do they??

** This next line, was interesting to me, and I'm not quite sure what I think about it... Character A is praying for Character B (an unbeliever), and has the thought that B is blind and deaf to the truth (agreed) but goes on "She was ignorant. Did one reprove a blind woman for her inability to see? Did one become angry with the deaf for not hearing?" And I'm not sure what to think... because ignorance of the law is not inocence of it... I can see not becoming angry, but are we to just ignore the sin, because they don't know better? I'm not sure I follow this!

**And my final thought, a part of the book that really spoke to me, because I often struggle with forgiving things in my past. I feel that I have, but then I get angry again...
A character in the book is struggling with forgiveness and says that God asks too much, and here is the response that was like a slap in the face to me... "Does he? Jesus forgave the men who drove the nails into his hands and feet. HE forgave the disciples for deserting him. Aren't we all like that? Fallible. Afraid. Weak in our faith. And still Jesus loves us and points the way to real freedom and what it means, God forgave you in order that you forgive."
WOW!! What can I say!? He forgives us over and over, and then casts our sins as far as the east is from the west! Why do I struggle with it so much? Why even after I feel I've forgiven do I recall the things? Why can't I cast them away!?
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Erin Risa wrote: "Hey there, Erin!

Someone only just recommended Francine Rivers to me. I'd never heard of her until about an hour ago, and so I was just looking up titles, blurbs and reviews. Your review or ra..."


I didn't coin the phrase "God forgave you in order that you forgive"... Col 3:13, Eph 4:32


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