Friday, July 26, 2013

Lead Me Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams: a Review

In this second book of the Winds of Change series, Shiloh Griffin is a pastor's wife and mom to 4 boys.  Two years ago, the family moved from a small town in South Carolina to Milwaukee for Pastor Griffin to become lead pastor of a large church there.  Shiloh gave up college and her dream to become a music teacher to marry her husband 18 years ago, and has struggled to find an identity apart from being a mom and "First Lady" of the church, when she's offered a long-term sub position teaching music at a Milwaukee high school.

Throughout her sub assignment, Shiloh grows to love her students and begins mentoring a teenage girl who desires to play flute professionally.  Through this relationship, Shiloh comes face to face with dark secrets from her past and learns about the power of love and forgiveness.

I liked this book.  It's a good story with a strong Christian foundation, and the characters and plot are real and very relatible.  I found myself identifying with Shiloh in her search for an identity beyond that of wife and mom, as well as in her quest to settle in and feel like she really belongs in a new place.
I enjoyed the theme of forgiveness and hope that is weaved throughout the pages of the book, and  I found the message that God still loves and forgives even the things of which we are most ashamed to be inspiring and reassuring.  This book shows, through fiction, how we can experience freedom in forgiveness.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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