For a period of three years in my distant past, I worked for a strict, controlling ministry. I wouldn’t call the leaders of this ministry legalistic. They weren’t concerned with the staff and folks in the church earning God’s love. They knew that His favor and salvation are all of grace.
What the leaders raised high as the standard for our personal righteousness was earning their favor. And this we did by filling out cards on our church activities each week, dressing a certain way, boycotting certain places and people, etc. The church created a narrow little culture-within-the-culture which we were allowed to inhabit. This life was so constricting that God had to shake up my world a bit before I found the courage to leave.
Then because of personal issues I had struggled with since a child and that place, it took years for me to believe that God is just as delighted in seeing me joyful as He was in giving me life. That He reserves good gifts for me. That He cherishes me. That following Him isn’t all about a list of do’s and don’t’s. That I am free to delight in and cherish Him.
This is the central issue of Meg Moseley’s debut novel, When Sparrows Fall.
Her main character, Miranda Hanford, is in the process of breaking free from a narrow community run by wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing Mason Chandler. The problem is Miranda’s so used to hiding her true self and denying her dreams that she barely knows who she is anymore. And what scares her is that freeing herself involves bringing all things into the light—including the secrets she buried deep long ago.
Miranda’s charming children–six of them–provide strong motivation for her to take the necessary steps to save herself and her family. Though her journey is filled with pain and fear, it’s also buoyed by surprising touches of joy–which brings us to her handsome brother-in-law, Jack. (Miranda is a widow). Jack adds just the right amount of protection and romance to keep Miranda moving forward in spite of Mason Chandler’s threats and intimidation. I turned pages quickly to discover what secrets were binding Miranda and to enjoy the relationship developing between her and Jack!
God used this book to remind me that sometimes He allows His sparrows to fall. But it may be His way of freeing a stubborn child from a life-draining situation and drawing her to Himself. Though the fall might involve fear and pain, never doubt that underneath are the Everlasting Arms!
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” ~Matthew 10:29-31
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About the author: A Californian transplanted to Georgia, Meg Moseley writes contemporary novels from a Christian worldview. In May of 2011, her debut novel, When Sparrows Fall, was published by WaterBrook Multnomah, an imprint of Random House.
Her life experiences include being an administrative assistant at a college, working at a candle factory, and home-schooling for over twenty years. Mom to three grown children, she enjoys books, travel, motorcycle rides with her husband, and gardening. The Moseleys live near the North Georgia mountains. Follow this link to visit Meg’s website.