Monday, November 19, 2012

Book of the Week: Argosy Junction by Chautona Havig

I love reading. It is one of my favorite things to do. I love getting lost in a book. I love the places that a book can take you. I love the truths that you find in a book. When you read a book, it becomes a part of you. It helps to shape who you are and who you are becoming. Reading can be a retreat from the world or reading can bring you back to the world. Because of my love of reading I want to share this love of reading with you. Last week I posted my first ever book review and to be honest, well it turned out to be more of a synopsis of the book than a review of the book. This week will be different I promise.

This week’s book is titled Argosy Junction. It was written by Chautona Havig. The book is about how sometimes we get so caught up in our man made rules and judgments and comparing ourselves to others that we don’t see the damage we are causing until it is too late. In this story, Lane meets Matt who is a new Christian but who is strong in his faith and falls in love with him, but she refuses to have anything to do with his faith at first. Lane grew up in a church that forgot that Christianity is about loving God and loving others. They became cult-like in their faith. Everything had to be done the way everyone else was doing it or you weren’t considered a true Christian.  It became about who was the most spiritual or godly. In this story we see Lane grow as she struggles to come to grips with the hurts from the past from the church and her family and an acceptance of Jesus Christ as her Savior. We watch as she learns that Christianity is about rules and regulations but about the saving grace of Jesus, a man who gave up his life and overcame death so that we might truly live.

Chautona Havig paints a wonderful story of the struggle that most of us have when it comes to reconciling the saving grace of Jesus with trying to earn our way into heaven. She weaves together life in the inner city with life on a sheep farm. Her characters are relatable and lovable. Her stories will touch her heart and emotions. I cried in one part when Lane’s younger sister was comforting a prostitute. Chautona made me think about showing love to others and what can happen when we start comparing ourselves to other people. Read the book. You will be blessed by it.

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