Thursday, April 28, 2011

Georgia Justice: Journey to Faith


By Jackie Carpenter
What would you do if you were wakened one night by a phone call that would change your world?  Who would you turn to when things seem to spiral out of control?  These are questions that author Jackie Carpenter faces in her new book Georgia Justice: Journey to Faith. 
In this book, readers are invited to witness the aftermath of a horrible and tragic accident; an accident that leaves Jackie’s youngest son sitting in a prison cell, charged with murder.  As Jackie struggles to come to grips and an understanding of her son’s arrest and upcoming trial, she shares with her readers a very real picture of her sorrow and despair.
This story unfolds in a way different from what many readers will expect or have experienced previously. Rather than receiving every detail of her son’s arrest, imprisonment and trial, Journey to Faith focuses not on everyday living, but rather on the spiritual struggles Jackie faced throughout the ordeal.
There are many different views on faith and there will be those who have difficulty understanding and accepting various aspects of Jackie’s faith.  However most will agree that faith is something that can grow and be strengthened.  That aspect is what makes Journey to Faith unique.  In this account, readers get to witness a faith grow from the depths of “I can’t do this” to the heights of “I know You, Lord are in control.”
To help describe her spiritual state through the various aspects of the story, Jackie includes passages of Scripture.  This is perhaps the highlight of the book – to watch a progression of faith using Scriptures and seeing that echoed and applied in a person’s life.  To witness the impact of a maturing faith, one cannot help but take a look at their own faith and wonder how their own faith would withstand a similar trial.  One might even be led to question “What will the Lord use to bring my faith from “The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me” (Psalm 18:5, ESV)… to “Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:3, ESV)?

This review was submitted by Kristin Pace - Kristin is a wife, mom and the founder of The Book-Trotter.  She wrote her first review over 20 years ago and has been reading and loving books ever since.

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