Forgiveness is like rain from Kate Breslin, award winning author of For Such a Time

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"Forgiveness is like rain, softening a hardened heart . . ." 
- Kate Breslin

"Softening a hardened heart..." what a beautiful imagery by the author of the week, Kate Breslin. Continue on to read her recommendation and her thoughts on the word of the month.

"Forgiveness is like rain, softening a hardened heart; it’s heavenly manna feeding souls hungry for reconciliation. And it’s the core message in Miracle in a Dry Season, as author Sarah Loudin Thomas uses the clever symbolism of water and bounty to weave her beautiful tale of forgiveness. Local carpenter and church elder Caswell Phillips must reconcile his rightous preconceptions when he’s drawn to a woman haunted by scandal. Newcomer Perla Long seeks her own absolution, as she tries to forget the past and seek acceptance from her new neighbors. When a devastating drought brings hardship, she willingly shares her unique and controversial gift, helping to save a town that continues to shun her.

Perla’s humble generosity reminds me that forgiveness is about letting go of pride and giving whole-heartedly to God’s love. And like Caswell, examining my own faults before judging others. It’s the bone-deep reassurance in knowing that two thousand years ago, I received that same precious gift from Jesus on the Cross at Calvary. “Love your neighbor as yourself,”* He says to me. I can strive to do no less.

*(Mt 22:39, Mk 12:31 NIV)  "

Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her debut novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol award for Debut Novel. Kate's third novel, High As The Heavens, releases June, 2017. When she's not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington's beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at

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In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud That Brings Hope

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.



Thank you, Kate! What a great recommendation, and your take on forgiveness. It's true, forgiveness may in fact have more to do with our own pride than the act itself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. And I look forward to High as the Heavens (as you know, I LOVED both your novels)!


In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle's café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She's a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

Release Date: June 6, 2017



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  1. Thanks for hosting me on your lovely website this week, Annie. God bless your good work!


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