Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Christmas Cradle

The Christmas Cradle
Charlotte Hubbard

For Lena Esh, life has become complicated. She is unwed and expecting her first child with Josiah Witmar, whom she fears is only concerned for his own future.

In hopes for a stronger relationship with Josiah, Lena goes against her parent’s wishes, and leaves with him to a new area called Higher Ground. The plans they made have take an unexpected turn, when they find themselves caught in a snowstorm. Seeking shelter, they wind up on the doorstep of Ben and Miriam Hooley, who live in the small town of Willow Ridge.

After offering relief from the storm, Ben and Miriam begin to learn about the young couple and the struggles their relationship is facing with the upcoming baby and how they will provide for it. They are eager to help the struggling couple, however, they grow concerned when they learn Josiah plans to work for Hiram Knepp, an ex-bishop from the Willow Ridge community.   

The decision to have a child, and move to a new town against the advice of their families only further complicates the issues this young couple faces. Each decision the couple makes only seems to further derail them and they have hard time getting back on track.

Why do we insist on doing things our own way, even when the advice we are given warns us of the consequences of our actions? When we make decisions on our own, out of fear or worry, we may not get the outcome we desire, and we often impose difficulty on those who have only supported us.

To be in God’s will it means to let Him guide us when we aren’t sure which way to go. In walking in alignment with Him, we know we are staying on track and the decisions we make are not ill guided but part of a plan that He already has in place! In doing so, we let Him lead us to true happiness and peace.

I continue to enjoy the writings of Charlotte Hubbard and look forward to reading her books in the future. I would recommend this book for all ages. It will also make a wonderful gift.

I have received a copy of this book for my honest review, which I have given.