“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
This Bible verse is the one I used for my first published book, The Heart’s Homecoming, in which the hero must forgive the heroine for leaving him at the altar.
The verse above mentions a lot of themes that one might find in a book. Compassion. Kindness. Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Forgiveness. The theme of forgiveness plays a big part in many of my books. Sometimes a character has to forgive someone who has wronged them, and sometimes the character even has to forgive himself. I’ve often asked myself why I gravitate toward the theme of forgiveness. I think forgiveness is a universal thing that everyone must confront from time to time. We can all relate to the need to forgive even when it might seem impossible.
In my latest book, A Place to Call Home, the hero has a lot to forgive. He was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His struggle makes the heroine realize that she must forgive herself, too. You can read an excerpt here.
Even my upcoming January 2015 book for Love Inspired, Second Chance Reunion, is about forgiveness. The hero and heroine must forgive each other in order to have a second chance at love.
What themes do you like in the books you read?