Sometimes doubts about God and the reality of His promises assail my joy. When this happens, there’s one thing that convinces me faster than any other that all I believe is true: the opposition to God found in every corner of our world today. The louder the voices raised against Him, the more I know that He’s real, that He matters. If He didn’t matter, why would the strongest, most sophisticated, most influential folks unite in an effort to deny Him and silence us?
Pieces of Light by Julie Cave brings this message home through an exciting, meaningful story. The main suspense plot involves a bomber who targets churches. A secondary storyline explores supposed first amendment violations by Christian groups. The investigator in these cases, former FBI agent Dinah Harris, is working to enter her life again after some painful setbacks.
Julie goes behind the scenes to show the spiritual realities in each strand of her story. And I love that! I’ve read secular detective stories where critics rave that the authors delved into the depths of their characters. But I’ve wondered how that can be true when the Bible says that God figures into each man’s journey—as each of us either rejects God or searches for Him.
God certainly figures into each man’s journey in this novel. From the sad past of the bomber to the abusive family profiled in one section of the book to the God-hate behind a corrupt legislator’s agenda. Even Dinah herself is learning to incorporate faith and Scriptural precepts into her day to day living—including work and dating—as this excerpt from early in the book shows . . .
“Dinah glanced around the little group as they opened the study in prayer . . . There were times she couldn’t believe she was here, sharing her life and faith in an intimate setting. Dinah shied away from close human contact . . . certain that it only led to heartbreak. She’d built effective barriers of sarcasm, alcoholism, and anger, designed to keep people at bay. It had taken the love and persistence of a Christian couple . . . to start the process of dismantling the walls.
When it became time to pray, Dinah quickly sent one for herself. ‘Dear Heavenly Father, I am confused about how my past and my future will fit together. Am I supposed to be alone for the rest of my life? . . . What is your will for me? Please give me Your wisdom in figuring this out. I don’t trust my own judgment, and I only want to do Your will . . . Without you I have nothing. Amen.'”
I enjoyed getting to know Dinah Harris as I rode along on her adventure. And I rejoiced at the hopeful ending for this character I’d come to feel so much sympathy for!
***Special thanks to author Julie Cave and her publisher Master Books for providing a copy of the book for me to review!