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"What shall separate us from the love of Christ"? Because our time here on Earth is limited, nothing should separate us from our Saviour's love. Home awaits us in heaven, where we will spend eternity and live free from all the pain and difficulties of this world.
And Heavenly Things by Kim Cousins tells the story of the persecution of Christians who refused to take the mark of the government on their bodies. Many people's hearts grew cold toward the things of the Father, and they waxed deeper into the things of Satan in various parts of the world. However, some faithful scattered around will not compromise their faith and will continue to live in fear of being captured by the peacekeepers (government soldiers). If captured, they are tried in a court, and if they still refuse the mark, they will be beheaded.
Returning home from a journey, Jeremiah, fondly called Miah, and his travelling companions tried not to get arrested by the peacekeepers. They hope to see their loved ones at home soon. Jeremiah's father, Bill, a stacked gambler full of tricks, decides to follow his son after their home is raided. One of his co-gamblers caught him stealing and was arrested by the peacekeepers. To save himself and get some benefits from the government, he decides to use his daughter, son, and co-travellers as bounty. He led the troops to capture his flesh and blood. In this book, you will find out the fate of Jeremiah, his travelling companions, and other outsiders (the names of those without the mark) in a world far away from Miah in the hands of the peacekeepers.
The author's writing style and the manner in which the characters were developed were both appealing to me. This book has a distinct and original style. Reading this book restored my faith and convinced me of God's love and the certainty of Heaven. Instead of simply quoting bible passages, the author used bible lines as the characters' words and then referred to the verses at the conclusion of the page. This is a part of the book that I enjoy.
This book contains a lot of truth and revelation. The author explains in this book that everything we are facing in this world—hunger, political conflict, and economic collapse—are all symptoms of war. The world is fighting a real war between two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and Satan. Satan knows he has lost the battle but won't give up the fight. He would do anything to steal away God's most precious belongings from him. He and his cohorts are behind every evil happening in the world and won't give up easily on any soul until they win them to their pit of destruction. By re-creating the stories of some martyrs through the characters in this book, the author successfully passes her message and reveals who Jesus Christ is to the readers.
I disliked nothing about the book. The characters were well-developed, and the story flowed well. It excites me to read about how God can use things we consider impossible to save His own. I questioned my faith when I read about how Nellie was beheaded for upholding her faith and how Miah didn't kill his father, although he could. I'm blessed by reading this book, and I hope to meet my Lord and Savior face-to-face one day and be happy around him, just like the beautiful characters I read about. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it is well deserving of it. The book was exceptionally well edited; the language used was easy to understand, and I wasn't bored reading the story. I found no reason to deduct any stars from the book.
I recommend this book to parents, young adults, new and mature Christians, and those who have lost loved ones. Non-Christians who read books with an open mind and enjoy fiction stories will also find this book an exciting read.
And Heavenly Things
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