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Where do I begin in singing it’s praises? Often when I pick up a novel and realise that it is faith based I worry that it may be overly pious, moralising or to easily reaching of easy answers to the suffering life holds. This is not the case in @carawallauthor ‘The Dearly Beloved’. There is so much love, light and hope in this story of four individuals that life brings together, but it does not shy away from allowing its characters to wrestle with deep pain and doubt. I was particularly struck by the way in which each character expressed the ways in which they encountered God. I was moved by James whose calling was to ‘restlessness’ and who had come to understand the feelings that he felt about things not being ‘quite right’ - were God. There was holiness in his discontent and the feelings weren’t to be buried or ignored. His conversation with his wife Nan that concludes with his saying: “You think God rewards, Nan, I think God pursues’, brought me to tears. This was such an empathetic, compassionate and moving book. Beautifully written and immediately inviting. A book of faith - in God, in marriage, in friendship and in ones self. #bookstagram #booklover #reader #story #bookshelves