Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Miracle in a Dry SeasonHave you ever finished a book completely shocked that so much story was packed inside?

That’s how I felt when I finished Miracle in a Dry Season, Sarah Loudin Thomas’ debut novel, last week. The story is about Perla Long, a single mother with a gift for making food that never runs out, and Casewell Phillips, a bachelor carpenter and church elder, and their town of Wise, West Virginia, as they all band together in the midst of a draught.

The only problem I had with the book was getting stuck on the historical setting. The story takes place in 1954, but because of the rural setting in small town West Virginia, I kept having to remind myself it wasn’t the late 1800s.

Beyond that, though, the story was rich with relational conflict and spiritual struggles I didn’t see coming. Thomas managed to address church corruption, forgiveness, terminal illness, faith in miracles, and judgment all in just 296 pages. And it’s not even one of those stories that spans decades!

When I put the book down, I found myself reflecting on those issues in my own life and sphere of influence. How do I respond when someone with well-known past sin becomes an integral part of my church community? What would I do if there was moral corruption and spiritual abuse taking place in my church on Sunday mornings, or during the week? Have I truly forgiven my parents for the ways they’ve unintentionally hurt me?

I wrestled with some of these things like I wrested with the idea of God’s grace after I finished Redeeming Love. I wouldn’t put Thomas on the same playing field as Francine Rivers (just yet), but based on this first novel, she could be on her way.

 *Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Sarah Loudin Thomas, who provided me with a free copy of the book to blog about.

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