UPDATE: A winner has been contacted!
What emotion is strong enough to affect our physical bodies, sabotage relationships, warp life purposes, and alter personalities?
If you guessed guilt, you’re right. And guilt is the secret emotion that burdens each main character in Denise Hunter’s delightful Women of Faith Fiction selection, A Cowboy’s Touch.
In the story, Abigail Jones is a workaholic journalist, who pens exposes for a column in her mother’s magazine. Though her column is called The Truthseeker, Abigail comes to realize that she has veered off from the truth in her own life. She plans a timeout at her aunt’s in the-middle-of-nowhere Montana. There she meets handsome cowboy Wade Ryan, a brooding single father. Wade has a beautiful daughter, successful ranch, good friends and neighbors, but he’s lost the joy to be found in such a life.
As the characters meet and begin to fall in love, something they can’t quite put a name to prevents them from finding happiness together. Guilt in one form or another motivates them to hide what they’re truly thinking and feeling from each other—and even from themselves.
II Corinthians 7 mentions guilt this way: “For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow [true guilt] brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow [false guilt] brings death. See what this godly sorrow [true guilt] has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.”
False guilt plagues us when we doubt God’s love or fail to trust His forgiveness. We needlessly beat ourselves up again and again over the things we’ve brought to God.
True guilt is produced in our hearts by the Holy Spirit for one purpose: to bring us to repentance. I John 1:9 promises, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
So once we confess something and God forgives, it’s over—no matter what our feelings tell us.
I love it when folks learn this truth and free themselves from the burdens they’ve been carrying, and this story is no exception. Abigail and Wade are characters I routed for, along with Wade’s endearing daughter Maddie. And although I’ve emphasized how to effectively deal with guilt, it’s not a heavy theological topic in the story—just an obstacle to be overcome in the characters’ lives. So don’t be afraid of picking up this book or sharing it with a friend as a cozy, grab-a-cup-of-tea read.
The spiritual themes are deftly woven throughout a light, heartwarming story with just the right amount of sweet romance. In fact, it’s another book I could easily picture as a Hallmark movie—complete with the happy couple riding off into the sunset at the end!
***Thanks to The B&B Media Group for providing my review copy of this book for free. You can read more reviews and purchase a copy of the book at this link.
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