My take: Lessons abound in Unending Devotion—about following God’s leading, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, learning patience, and resisting temptation. But these lessons come packaged in such a compelling story that at first you don’t even notice—and when you do, you’re left pondering what God might be leading you to do.
I absolutely loved this story, and I saw a bit too much of myself in Lily. No, I’m not out recklessly risking my life as I fight injustice, but I do tend to want to orchestrate things myself, rather than trusting God to guide me and work things out. Not often do I think so much while reading fiction, and it was a nice change. Rather than pure fluff, Jody Hedlund has written a novel that, while set more than 100 years in the past, is quite relevant today.
I would consider Unending Devotion to be edgy Christian fiction because of the subject matter (prostitution), the language (one curse word, and it was very fitting), and the focus on physical attraction and desire. I was not at all offended by anything I read, but someone whose normal reading consists of Janette Oke might find this book to be scandalous. (Basically, I’d say it’s completely suitable for older teens, but I wouldn’t donate it to my Christian school library, which serves students in grades 7-12.)
I loved this book, and I will definitely be checking out Hedlund’s other books. 5 stars.
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