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The Earth Is Full: Child of Deliverance Series - Book One Paperback – September 13, 2013
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The Heavens are Telling is the 2nd book in the Child of Deliverance series. And man, oh man, does it live up to the first one. In fact, I think I may like it better. Ms. Riehl has such a clear voice, and each of the characters tell a single part of a greater story. I felt connected to many of the characters, they were showing insights to me. Good guys, bad guys, and especially Gran, all showed me different parts of who I was, and more importantly who I wanted, and didn't want to be. This book may have been about the child sex slavery rings, but in truth, it showed me much more than that. Most importantly, it showed me that no matter the mistakes I've made in the past, I'm seen as a wonderful child of God. Precious, beloved, and forgiven. So many times I found myself wondering how she knew I thought that way.
There are a LOT of people in this book. And they are all full, well developed characters. The book has drama, romance, action, honesty, faith, brokenness, love, truth, and more. It weaves a story, helping us understand the greatness of God's plan. That even though we may not know why we are going through a specific trial, we need to trust and have faith that God is truly working it all out for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Even the tragedy, even the horrific events, they are within His plan to bring us closer to having a wonderful, trusting relationship with Him.
I recommend this book to all, Christian or not. The fact that kids are being kidnapped, and sold into slavery in this day is tragic. But there is something we can do... read this book, it'll help make SO CLEAR what is happening. And then don't just sit back. Partner up with a program like Destiny’s Rescue and make it known that this is WRONG. It doesn't just happen “over there” we need to work and fight for it to be stopped here, and not allow another one of our children to be hurt.
When it first arrived in the mail, I opened the package right away and cracked open the book to somewhere around chapter 6, just to get a feel for B.D.'s writing style. It was about a Thai girl named Suchin. I read the whole thing. I think it was the next chapter that was about the lives of some American girls going on a missions trip to Thai...and I assumed they would have something to do with the life of Suchin, but I was already so into Suchin's story in just that one chapter that I skipped over every chapter in the book that wasn't about her. Both stories sort of parallel each other until the end, so this was easily done. Then as the two stories began to mesh, I realized that I'd missed another great story line. So, I went back and reread every chapter I'd missed. So basically, I read one book like it was two. I have honestly never done that before, and of course I wouldn't recommend it, because you definitely get more out of it, when you read it as it was written to be read. Makes sense ;-)
I didn't expect to like the second set of characters (which are actually the first) as much, but I totally did! I related to them far more than I thought I would, and in ways that are still lasting. I was touched by each one of their struggles and humbled when I found one that was my own.
And besides all of this, I think that B.D. is simply a great writer, in general. As I read, I kept thinking, "wow, that was such a good sentence!" Yes, I know, a little nerdy, but as a writer, myself, I'm always excited to read good writing and not just a good book. This was both. When the story is good, you can overlook a lot, but it's so much nicer when you don't have to. I just received the sequel in the mail, "The Heaven's Are Telling," and am excited to get started...from the beginning this time ;-)