I remember clearly the day that Pastor Michael presented his book to our church in 2012. I was so moved by the presentation that I purchased 5 copies and gave them as gifts with the exception of 1 which I kept for myself. I started to read but could not get past the first two chapters. Once I got the section of with the sexual abuse, I had to stop. While he was sensitive in his descriptions of the various scenes, it all felt too raw.
Fast forward three years later, I just decided to pick up where I left off and see if I could finish. I did. Being able to read this book has signaled to me that I have healed from my past. Yet I realise also, I have no callouses – as I was still able to empathize with the characters. The lesson of forgiveness and the freedom it brings is difficult for some to grasp. Once we experience the saving Grace of the innocent man who died for us, we really have no choice, if we really want to experience from the bondage of our old life, but to forgive.
A common thread throughout the book is “If God really loves me, why does He allow ……? It is a question we ask everyday. There is no pithy, clever, cliche or all encompassing answer. The book has a happy ending and while some might say that is not really so in “real life”, I will posit the question – What is the “real life?” The one that the world dictates is so, or the one in Christ?
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.