"American Anthem" by BJ Hoff
This was three books in one, 550 pages but oh so good! This book has romance, drama, heartbreak, music and nineteenth-century New York all wrapped up with a Christian theme. The story that is threaded throughout is one of struggle, loss but also of hope in the One who sees us through all of our ups and downs. A favorite quote, "The only thing I know for certain is that God's love is beyond our comprehension. In fact, it seems to me that His love is as much a mystery as His will. As to why He does what He does or doesn't do what we think he should do-well, I suppose that's where faith comes in. Sometimes there's simply nothing else to do but trust Him." That is what faith is about, just trusting in the One who created us, that He is going to do what is best for us, even when we don't understand. Another quote, "We are different kinds of people, we Americans. We come from different countries. We share different beliefs, different traditions, different dreams, and different music. But one thing we share in common. We are all God's children, all blessed by His love and His grace. For truly God has bestowed grace to this nation and its people, so that with all our differences, we might yet exist in unity. May we never cease to be mindful that we will exist as a great nation only as we are faithful to our great God." Wow, how our country and it's people need to hear this now. At a time when our differences are tearing us apart and our leaders have stepped away from the God who gave them the ability to lead. May we as believers strive for unity and not be afraid to make our voices heard where they are needed most. A very good book and one that brings tears to your eyes yet joy to your soul.