Another potential church library book...
Based on previous reviews, you may realize that I am becoming an Angela Hunt fan. Well, it's a good thing I didn't read this book first! The Pearl is full of fascinating, challenging ideas and sadly short on plot. This book is written in more typically Christian Chick-Lit style... very emotional, lots of conversation, and drawn out pontificating about everything.
That said, I still think that is has great value because it tackles a lot of difficult subjects from a Christian perspective. Some of the topics explored:
- greiving over the loss of a child... can we see God's hand, even in this?
- accepting God's plan for our lives... why does God call us to suffer?
- infertility... are we called to simply accept this?
- spousal roles and submission within marriage... easy to say, hard to do?
- divorce of Christians.. if/when this is allowed? how do we as a church counsel/support/shun divorced couples?
- assisted reproduction... is this ever allowed?
- life begins at conception... but what does that mean?
- financial stewardship... may we use our money to achieve our heart's desire?
- cloning... is this ever allowed? what are the moral implications of this?
- Christian witness... lip service or heart service?
- the sovereignty of God... can we accept what we do not understand?
The Pearl includes a list of discussion questions/study guide at the end that is helpful in guiding readers to explore many of these ideas, and challenges us to form Biblical stances on some of today's tough issues.