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The Still of Night (A Rush of Wings Series #2) Paperback – October 1, 2003
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"Heitzmann has a unique way of writing a spiritual romance...it doesn't sound like you're reading a church sermon." -- About.com - Romance Fiction
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Morgan Spencer is a gifted businessman, revitalizing failing corporations. But despite his outward success, the one thing he can't seem to set straight is his own life. His charming rebel facade thinly conceals a need that drives him toward perfectionism--and emptiness. He is lonely, cynical, and haunted by past choices.
Everything changes, however, when Jill Runyon reenters his life with news that will set him free...or bring him to his knees.
With her trademark dynamic storytelling, bestselling author Kristen Heitzmann portrays the lives of two wounded souls on a poignant journey toward healing and restoration.
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Jill and Morgan have both make mistakes starting with the one that created their daughter. From there their lives have taken very different paths but neither have really dealt with and recovered from the aftermath. Morgan's success in business has given him acclaim and financial success while Jill has poured her life into teaching special needs children. When a letter comes from their child's adopted parents their lives are brought back together to try to help her, but they also need healing.
The characters are well defined and become more that real with the story taking several turns sometimes quit suddenly. It's a very hard book to put down and one I am sure I will pick up again to reread, but maybe I will wait until I recover first.
There are touches of romance in this story but I wouldn't really label it a romance. It is really about so much more... A story about a prodigal, about life, adoption, love, forgiveness, grace and the truth setting you free. Heitzmann portrays these characters' lives, hurts, fears, hopes and journey with God, honestly, beautifully and truthfully. It is a compelling and thoughtful story. One that I am sure I could read again and again. Very touching.
In life we make choices, sometimes choices get made for us, but what it all comes down to is trusting God with our lives and the outcome. As it said in the book "Things don't always work out the way we want. The trick is to want the way they work out." In another words, to want God's will more than your own. And I believe part of that is in believing His promises. That He does have good for us and He does work all things together for our good. There are times in life when it seems hard to believe that, but we must cling to those promises. He will show Himself faithful!
Book 2 was so good, it topped Book 1 for me. I know she wrote both of these books pretty closely together, time wise. However, Book 3 was published about 9 years after Book 2. Morgan's story continues and I can't wait to read it!
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I want to add something about the book but in doing so know that it will reveal part of the storyline. So, if you don't want to know - DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! I read some reviews online prior and in one of them the person was let down that the story wasn't more of a romance between Jill and Morgan and felt that it wasn't a positive spin on adoption. I just want to say that in no way did the fact that this wasn't a big romance novel spoil the book for me. I found it incredibly honest, touching and so good I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
As to the adoption part... I do think that adoption is a wonderful thing. A precious gift. I applaud all those who love their child enough to give them life and hope for a better future. In this story, Jill and Morgan are both very young when she becomes pregnant. And Jill does what she believes is best. But, I do think what was written is honest. I don't think that a mother just hands over her child lightly and forgets about the child. I do think it is quiet logical for a mother to wonder about that child and maybe as she gets older, have regrets of giving up her child. It has to be a struggle, one where she reminds herself that she did what was best for the child at that time. And as a Christian, has to learn to give all of this to God and share her love for that child by praying. In this book the child was given a stable and loving home with wonderful, Christian parents.
As for Morgan, he really wasn't given a choice. He wanted to keep the baby and raise it. So he struggles with that. I don't think he is down on adoption, but just that he is so wrapped up in that fact, that he wasn't given a choice & that he didn't get to keep the baby. He desires to be a part of this child's life and for this child to know that he loves her and that he didn't just walk away. Yes, maybe they could have stayed together and raised her, with the help of his family - it does happen. There are always what ifs... we can't live in what ifs, we have to live in the present with our eyes towards the future.
In all honesty it is a struggle. One that is different for each person and their situation. But I just wanted to say that I did not come away from the book feeling as if the author was down on adoption. Just that she was expressing what her characters might think and feel in their own situation.
All in all, I recommend this read!
Definitely worth a read.
A must read for all my book buddies. Highly recommended.