- File Size: 2679 KB
- Print Length: 711 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Spirit Light Publishing (May 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EM3SW2S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Mirror Mirror: A Contemporary Christian Epic-Novel (The Grace Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Mirror Mirror encompasses a romantic relationship, of course, but other relationships are equally important here. Broken family relationships, marital infidelity, lies and slanders, sibling jealously, and emotional/psychological abuse are at the root of Sage's victimization by those who should have protected her most. The workings of prayer and forgiveness on people who have taken these wrong paths are at the heart of the novel. Juxtaposed against these people who have caused great harm to Sage is Luke, a young man who is inspired by love to confront the many injustices she faces. At times, their struggle seems hopeless, but, with the able assistance of Pastor Steve Mitchell and his wife Jane, they grow in wisdom and love.
As readers of Staci Stallings know, the degree of overt religiousity varies from novel to novel. Mirror Mirror contains a good deal of that sort of material, particularly in the latter stages of the book. However, the scriptural readings and quoted sermons are anything about arbitrary --- they play a huge role in teaching forgiveness and healing.
Special mention should be made of Ryder, Sage's young stepbrother. Faced with an indifferent father, an irrationally hostile stepsister, and a bitter stepmother, Sage finds only love and appreciation in the young boy. The innocence of this child largely unaffected by the corrupting events that have formed his family, provides her with an emotional anchor when it is sorely needed.
Beyond the religious convictions and philosophical principles that inform her work, there is the undisputed fact that Ms. Stalling is an immensely talented writer. I am in awe at how frequently some patch of dialogue or cogent character study reminds me of just how good she is. Although Mirror Mirror is complete in itself, a sequel will be published in August. I very much look forward to it.
Sage is sent to her father’s house that she hasn’t seen in years and is states away from the home she was raised in for the summer. Sage is my Cali where she lives the “rich” life. When she goes to her father’s house it is a different environment, but to keep her real emotions from showing she covers up by acting like the person everyone just assumes she is which is a snobby rich girl with no care for the “lower class”. This book shows how even Christian people are not perfect and need to repent.
A quote from the book that I highlighted is, “Oh, it’s easy to listen to this Gospel, but it’s so much harder to live what Jesus is teaching us today. How to be there for the outcasts, how to bring them back into communion with God and the Church, how to lift others up and really love them how they need to be loved-with a love that is patient with their failings and their fears, with a love that offers no matter what it gets back, with a love that’s grounded in faith that heals people inside an out.” Sage goes through a lot through this book, but when one person stays strong in his faith and sees that wrong that is going on changes things. Luke is a huge part of this book and he teaches us that we shouldn’t judge others, and that we should show the love of Christ to others that we have received by giving our hearts to Him.
Great book Staci Stallings. God bless!!
The story was laid out beautifully. When Stallings writes, she writes to where it is no longer fiction but to where the people in her novel are real. When one reads this novel it brings to light that there are actual situations and people in the world who hurt this way, feel this way, and live this way and who really needs God's authentic non-condemning love.
Yes, the story is revolved around Sage and Luke, but once you continued to read you are longer just concerned about those two characters but about all that surround them. Your heart is drawn to reasons why certain characters act the way they act, and you long to see them helped.
The way Stallings invites God into her writing gives the reader a chance to see the author. What she believes and what she has learned from God in the process of writing this novel. There's a line in the novel that says, "We give from the overflow of what God's doing in our lives." I truly believe that is what Stallings does when she writes her books and novels, and I am grateful for her pouring out what God is pouring into her. We are filled only to be emptied.
This is a sincere, heartfelt novel that makes one laugh, possibly cry (Sage cried enough to where I didn't have to), and shout just a tad bit.
Excited for the next book in the series!
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