Something Inspirational for Christmas: His Gift, historical fiction by Joan C Benson

October 1929 was glorious, as most fall months in Michigan tend to be.  Oak trees lined the streets in the small bedroom community of Royal Oak, Michigan, dazzling viewers with the spectacle of red, yellow, and burnt orange as the weather turned crisp. Signs of change were all around. The possibility of a brutal winter remained hidden from view even as more serious devastation brewed just below the surface in America.

Situated just outside of Detroit where most Royal Oak residents worked, life was good in that small town. Oh, there were a few antagonizing people like the nosy telephone snoop listening in on the party line, and the chemistry teacher who thought he knew everything about everything. Yet, overall, Royal Oak was just a positive place to be.

Molly Martin was a young woman with big dreams, and the perseverance to make things happen. Yet, the world around her was stirring in ways she never imagined would impact her life. She felt the shaking, saw her father’s stress, and it seemed odd. But, what did that have to do with her dreams? Nothing at all, Molly thought. How could the national economy have anything to do with her dreams to perform. She was gifted, that was clear. God gave her that talent, didn’t He? She worked hard to perfect her skills, and she won the honor of playing a piano concerto with the esteemed Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Nothing could stop her now.

Resulting from the national turmoil, Molly’s circumstances soon become uncontrollable. Suddenly, her ability to direct her own course seemed in jeopardy. Where was God? He gave her this gift of music. Why, God? Haven’t we all asked that question at one time or another? Read His Gift and share it with friends and family in this time of great uncertainty in our great America in 2020.

Molly does question God. She looks for answers in her storm. Read to discover how she finds her peace and purpose. When life turns upside down, we all need to know where our hope can be found. Sometimes our dreams take a shape we never imagined!


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