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Cherished - Kim Cash Tate

Posted by Gina Schwartz on February 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Cherished

Before healing can begin for Kelli and Heather, they need to believe they are worth cherishing. As Kelli and Heather awaken to their true worth, they find the freedom to pursue their dreams-and relationships-based on the security of knowing God's unconditional love.

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My Take

I truly enjoyed this novel.  the author was able to tell a deeply moving story while at the same time spreading the message of God's abundant love and his capacity for forgiveness.  At the beginning of the novel the actions of both Kelli and Heather seem to grievious to ever warrant forgiveness especially as one of them seems hell bent on falling back into her old ways but the reader is led to see that even though they have kept up their exterior defences that their hearts are changed and that God sees the heart.  The lovely bible verses which intersperse the story are all well chosen and complement the mood of the novel. 


The reactions of the characters and the situations created within the novel were extremely realistic.  We can see why Heather is an outcast in the church and why there is a great division among the friends about being her mentor and bringing her into the group.  We can feel Brian's pain at seeing what one wrong decision has cost him and his an Kelli's collective pain at the loss they have felt, but God is able to take this pain and use it for his higher purpose while at the same time bringing healing.


The novel also explores the power of music and especially Christian music to bring forth reactions and gives the reader a rewarding insight into the workings of the modern day Christian music industry.  I enjoyed the symbolism of Brian's stage name - Alien - he is an alien in the world in that he is in the world but not of the world.


I admired the authors ability to measure the pace of the novel so tha tit does not move too quickly, instead she allows the girls to take their time to truly find their worth and the richness of God's love.

I can't wait to read more from this author.


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