Anything by Ginger Garrett is worth every second and penny! This story is a wonderful new perspective on 1526-1536, England and King Henry VIII, Angels, and how God moves in and around events and people to accomplish His will. This is book One of this series called The Chronicles of the Scribe.
I think for this series review, the best track is to list my favorite quotes from the book. Obviously they may be harder to follow due to the context of the story being largely lacking…but I do believe most of them will stand on their own merit…and whet the appetite :-).
Names have power, he said. The past has power. The two meet in this book. No one among you will be allowed to know its full contents until the Day. ~ Page 23
“The afterlife is not a place for cowards”….Fear dripped from my heart to my stomach. “I don’t want to do this anymore. I just want to die.”
“You don’t want to live,” he said. “They are not the same. Death is no escape.” ~ page 36
Children were indeed a mystery, she thought, but those maturing into adults were simply unfathomable. ~ page 43
“…Emotion is law to this generation. I feel, therefore I act. I do not feel pain, therefore it must be okay…” ~ page 66
To turn in any direction in this place was to see that His calling, His book, His cup, all pointed finally to this brutal death. ~ page 82
This is why Christ hung there and never came down, she thought. He hung in agony so that those in grief could not accuse Him of less. He hung rent open, and men were comforted by the sight. In this bitter life, who could love a God who did not suffer? ~ page 86
God’s graces were so many, so rich, and so sustaining that they left no room for rotten fears. ~ page 121
Once Rose had resented these litters darting through London’s streets, making hazards for children and the infirm. But it was clear that bearing down on people produced no ill effect, nor did it encourage them to move. Rose and Margret were stuck, forced to submit at points to the indifferent will of the people. ~ page 143
“Nay! I must consider but one death, and that is Christ’s. No one can help those who are already gone.” ~ page 178
Yes, he was honorable, was deeply good, and that is what comforted him as he did the bloody work. ~ page 195
“They’ll persist in their sin. Its the only thing they’ve truly ever owned.” ~ page 218
“When you lay your head on the block, you will feel Someone lay across you, His arms over yours, His neck across your own. The blade will pass through Him first, and you will be free. Do you understand?” ~ page 303
***From the Personal Note to Readers – One thing I do know right now: to write well requires pausing. Reading, too, is a pause. In these rich, still moments, the Spirit of God, who permeates the world around us, breaks through the chaos and creates something new in our hearts. It takes effort to pause.
Ginger Garret’s writing style is the full bodied richness of the secrets that get whispered to one whose eyes are only seeking the Father, through the Son, inspired by the Spirit. The Hallmark’s of the Kingdom are etched upon her work…
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤