Monday, March 08, 2004
book of the month: the heartbreaker
Confession. I love Susan Howatch. Her latest novel, The Heartbreaker, continues my affair of the heart. Sure its long. Sure its not a thriller. But Id buy it because
1 – Its fiction. And in the world of my imagination is where God most often sandbags me.
2 – It offers a superb contemporary contextualisation of Luke 15
3 – It offers some very interesting insights on sexuality, particularly the complexities around homosexuality. This book will satisfy neither liberal or fundamentalist, but it might make both more sensitive and less dogmatic.
4 – It offers a pastoral model of the long haul, in which God works deeply through sustained listening, committed Christian behaviours and the desire for sustained integrated lives.
If your world includes people or ministry, then reading Howatch will be time well spent.