Isn’t it amazing that after so many decades of writing inspirational, faith-filled novels that have touched the hearts of readers too numerous to count, Janette Oke is still releasing stories that take you on a journey of hope and love? Once again alongside her daughter Laurel Oke Logan, Janette gives us the sweet second story in the “When Hope Calls” trilogy, entitled “Sustaining Faith”. Published by Bethany House Publishers and the companion story to the Hallmark television series of the name, this story is even more compelling and heart-wrenching than the first book, “Unyielding Hope”.
I adored every page of Lillian’s story as she and her sister continue their work of providing a home for orphaned children – but it seems that every one of their well-laid plans are thwarted as one thing after another goes very wrong. Faith in the face of hopeless circumstances is a strong theme in this story, and one that resonated with me deeply. In addition to being told from Lillian’s point of view, this story comes together in a unique way as a couple of secondary characters also tell their stories. I love how, later in the book, each of the separate stories mesh together and we see how God had been weaving the threads of his sovereign will into their lives all along.
If you, like me, have been a fan of Janette Oke almost since the time you could read, (I started out with her children’s animal stories!) you will be delighted to once again step into the memorable and inspiring world of one of her novels. And although I have a long wait ahead of me, I am already looking forward to the conclusion of this sweet series that is set to release next year. Thank you Janette and Laurel, for providing a lifetime of inspiration, encouragement, and hope to Christian readers around the world!
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”