Since reading Lynn Austin’s new book “Though Waters Roar” I can’t stop imagining my life as a river. Often I try to swim against the current because I don’t like where it is leading me. When I give up and let Christ’s peace wash over, the ride is not always what I expect but I certainly experience less drowning, choking, exhaustion!
This Historical Fiction takes place at the end of Prohibition, throughout women’s suffrage and in a turbulent time in America’s History. From her jail cell, Harriet reminisces about the stories her grandmother told her and the life each of them was dealt. The story beautifully portray’s a relationship between a girl and her grandmother who are both “social misfits” in their grand family heritage. Together, the women find peace in the river of life through exceptionally difficult circumstances.
Lynn’s style of writing makes you feel like you are having a conversation over coffee. The characters seem so real and the story does not follow the expected course of “happily ever after”. She writes about real life and real struggles with the hope of Christ as the thread that ties it all together but not in some perfect pretty package.
The river will swallow those who fight against circumstances. There is no permanent “hot springs” of life instead it is rocky and turbulent at times. Sometimes its a slow calm trickle but always unexpected.
Right now I’m still attempting to swim upstream. Lord help me surrender! What about you? Is your life a slow trickle or a raging waterfall? Maybe somewhere in between.