The Thorn Bearer

by Pepper D. Basham

I don’t even know where to begin. I have never read a novel that tackles such a difficult subject with as much clarity, truth, and passion. Sexual abuse is something that over 50% of women have suffered with at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, when it happens, it makes the victim feel dirty and like they are the only ones. I would know. It came to me in the form of a “friend” when I was 10 years old.

In this first book of a trilogy, Ashleigh Dougal’s childhood was stolen from her by her father. This book is a story of forgiveness. It is a story of the love of our true Father in Heaven. I can’t emphasize enough how important this topic is. It is so overlooked in our culture, yet so important. Pepper takes this topic and runs with it. She doesn’t hold back. She shows the fear, anger, hurt and bitterness. She also shows the love and peace that is gained from forgiveness.Tucked inside a wonderful romance, you will find more depth here than most books you’ll ever read.

Aside from that, there is some very rich history in this story. From the sinking of the Lusitania ship (a passenger ship shot and sunk by the Germans) to the war torn London, Pepper intertwines history, romance, and real life wounds being healed.

I absolutely recommend this book. I think that every woman should read this because chances are very high this book will be dealing with something in your life. It shows real people with real life problems (sexual abuse is only one). Please pick this up for you and one for a friend. Release date is set for May 7th.

Solid 5 Stars. Wish I could give it more!

Thank you so much, Pepper, for giving me a copy of this book to review. As always, this is my honest review. Here’s to many more! AND HURRY UP!!

BTW, if you would like to see my Face-Off with Pepper, just CLICK HERE! It’s one of the most fun yet!!

The hardest thing…

I am pure blond. Many of you do not know that because of my need for constant change (the only things I won’t change are my God and my family). So, whether you know me as the red haired Charity, the blond, brunette or black haired Charity, it is true. My secret is out.

Of course… Secrets are not my strong point anyway.

That being said, I go through life happily strolling along thinking everything is just fan-tastic. Out of nowhere, BAM! Someone is hurt, offended, angry, or who knows what.

This is my disclaimer: It is most definitely not personal if I upset you. I have no idea what I am doing in this thing called life.

It is so hard to respond well when I am blindsided by someone’s anger. What I am learning to do is realize that the anger is actually hurt. Hurt from some other area in their life. Hurt that I may have inadvertently inflicted, reminded them of, or simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time and felt it coming through.

I am reminded of a verse my sweet Momma made me memorize when I was a wee thing. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grevious words stir up anger” – Proverbs 15:1

It is never easy to choose kind words and a soft response when we are attacked. In the heat of the moment, or even the surprise, it is our nature to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, nobody cares.

In that moment, what they need is not my defensiveness, but my love. They need me to care about them, not about my own reputation. They need me to see how they are really feeling, how they are screaming out from the inside. They don’t need my reasoning.

It’s not about me. Life never is. It’s about representing the Father and His perfect love and grace. It’s seeing others how He sees them.

I challenge you today. Join me in seeking those that most need our compassion and grace. Pray with me, brothers and sisters. Love on those around you with all of your being. They are worth it. They are eternal. Your viewpoint, honor and reputation are not.