Pieces of light that shine through the gloom

Renee Ann Smith —  July 12, 2011 — 9 Comments

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!

If you enjoy an engaging mystery with godly insights woven throughout, you can grab a copy of Pieces of Light at this link.

***Special thanks to author Julie Cave and her publisher Master Books for providing a copy of the book for me to review!

Follow this link to Julie’s website to read more about her and her books.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

9 responses to Pieces of light that shine through the gloom

  1. Amen to that Renee. If God wasn’t such a force to be reckoned with, denied, and combated, the non believers would just ignore Him. But they can’t because He is God our Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth…etc.

    • I’m so glad God’s power lies in His ability to love, forgive, and be merciful to us. Where would we be without that? Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts here! Blessings!

  2. This book sounds interesting. I may have to check it out. It might make me nervous in church though…as you do hear more and more of people walking into churches with guns etc. We have a security team at our church now just in case! So sad…but I know it is true! Satan is out to steal kill and to destroy!

    • I don’t think it will make you nervous in church because the bomber has a very personal motive–he’s not out to destroy religion. But I do understand why you have a security team. Thanks for stopping in, Linda! Blessings!

  3. This sounds like another intriguing book to read. I had spent so many years of my life rejecting God due to certain events in my life. I then turned my pain in on myself in various ways such as alcoholism. These last five years or so I have turned my life around and find myself seeking a closer relationship with God. I am no longer running away from Him. I can’t hide from him if I wanted to. I still have days when I feel isolated, etc. But if I look deep enough I can usually find the root cause. I love a song by Laura Story called Blessings. It speaks to my heart: “What if your blessing come through raindrops, What if your healing come through tears, And what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it take to know that you are near, What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise.” I am grateful that God forgives. My struggle comes from forgiving others as well as myself.

    • Love that song by Laura Story! . . . You’d definitely relate to Dinah’s personal story (not the investigating part, unless you were undercover when we were at NDCS together) in this book, Maureen. You’ve lived it!

      I agree with you about finding root causes–it’s vital if we want to live in joy. I’m always glad to hear how God’s been working your heart. It reminds me of sharing devotions at school:)

  4. This sounds like a wonderful book. I agree that if Christ wasn’t real why would people be sounded out to quiet the truth! Blessings, Debbie

  5. I know this is off topic, but at the beginning of your post you mentioned coping with doubt. When I find myself wondering if my religion is the correct one, I just remind myself of the creation/evolution debate. My husband and I have studied the topic quite a bit, and it really reassures me. The idea of evolution (something from nothing) seems incredibly ridiculous to me. Even the die-hard evolutionists laugh at the idea of spontaneous generation, but I don’t see how evolution is any different. They’ve just added the element of time to the equation, which doesn’t change the probably from zero. Anyway, the Biblical account of creation explains so many things that the scientists struggle with because they refuse to consider the possibility of a young earth. Just thought I would throw this out there, in case anyone else struggles with doubt. The more lines of defense we have against doubt, the better! If anyone would like to more about the creation/evolution debate, Ken Ham has some amazing resources on his Answers in Genesis website.

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