Recently, I’ve been making an attempt to reread books I once thought were great (books I read about 10 years ago), and trying to analyse how I feel about them now that I am ‘mature’ (so to speak). It’s turned out to be a great way to appraise and appreciate how I’ve changed over the years. Interestingly, quite a few of the books have been disappointing, they have fallen from the pedestals I had previously put them on. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers is not one of them.
I first read this book when I about 11 or 12 years old, and I loved it. I’ll be honest, I mostly read it for the romance between Marcus and Hadassah (back then I was a romance fanatic). Now, I appreciate this book for so much more. The way Mrs Rivers presents the characters and their natures, you can almost reach out and touch them. Her message is clear, crystal, in fact.
Without a doubt Francine Rivers is one of the best authors that has walked the face of this Earth; and the fact that all her stories point to God is just beautiful, just perfect (permit me to be cheesy). Even if you like nothing else about the book, the sheer amount of research that must have gone into writing it, you must admire.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’ll just say it’s a wonderful story of love, betrayal, lust, forgiveness, family, friendship, mercy… Actually, this book probably encompasses every possible facet of humanity. Each paragraph, sentence, and word is powerful. I recommend it for every and any one.