Sunday, April 22, 2012
In “Covenant Child” by Terri Blackstock we meet Amanda, Lizzie and Kara Holbrooke. Amanda was diagnosed with cancer at a young age and had to undergo a hysterectomy. She didn’t think she would ever find a man who would love her even though she could never have children. Then she meets Jack Holbrooke. Jack was a widower who was raising his twin three-year-old daughters, Lizzie and Kara. After Amanda and Jack marry, everything seems to be going perfectly. The girls love Amanda and think of her as their mother since they do not remember their own mother. When Jack and his parents are killed in a plane crash, Amanda learns that she has inherited a fortune. And then the worst happens. Lizzie and Kara’s maternal grandparents fight Amanda for custody and win. All three lives are turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Even though the girls are heiresses, their inheritance is squandered by their grandparents and they live in poverty for the next fifteen years. The girls turn to a life of destruction. Kara has a bitter hatred for Amanda because of the lies she is told. Lizzie on the other hand believes Amanda is a nice person and really does want the best for the twins. When they finally turn eighteen, Lizzie moves in with Amanda and learns the truth of what happened when they were three but Kara continues to rebel. Will Kara finally see the truth or will she continue down her path of destruction?
“Covenant Child” teaches us that we must wait for what God has in store for us no matter how long it takes. Amanda had to wait fifteen years to get the daughters she loved so much back, but she never stopped loving them or watching over them. Most of us would be like Kara and want to take matters into our own hands instead of waiting for God to show us our path. This book is a good example of how patience will persevere even though we do not see the good in our current situation. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.