Land of July: A Real Life Scandal of Sex & Social Media at a Connecticut High School by Robert M. Marchese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
God’s People Learn From Adversity
Books and book reviews can help God’s people learn from adversity This book is a study in personality disorder. Our family has wrangled with another type of personality disorder yet, no less destructive. This book is raw but so is the suffering inflicted on Robert and his family. In this book Robert was angry, bitter and dumbfounded about how he got here. All of this is understandable. I read it in one night because I had to find out if he got beyond the angst.
Learning From Adversity
Time helps, but something more profound needs to happen for anyone wronged at this level. Forgiveness does not mean we excuse the crime, but it means the person wronged releases the bitterness and anger. Bitterness destroys their good parts and harms those they love the most. Forgiveness is not a light sentence for the perpetrator, but it does away with the life sentence for the one hurt. Living a life sentence of bitterness is just one more victory for the perpetrator.
Robert, don’t let evil win. Letting it go opens up your future without all the baggage. We learned this when we dealt with personality disorder and the lesson opened up great hope and new life. God was faithful to us even though humans were not. But we had to open up to Him, find comfort in His voice speaking to us. He showed us how to get free from the pain and baggage that went with it. We learned from adversity.
The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story
|This book review shows God’s people learn from adversity. It took me inside the culture of the day to help me understand how a young woman could end up being a prostitute. The angst that Rahab experienced as she joined a new people and accepted a new God were real. Other characters struggled with faith too. They were the generation that God used to take the Promised Land but their parents were the faithless generation that fell in the wilderness. The struggles of this generation were well portrayed and helped me see the backstory of scripture more clearly.|