This week I finished reading a standout novel by Francine Rivers called A Voice in the Wind from the Mark of the Lion series. I’m going to share 4 life lessons I took from this deep, haunting and unforgettable book. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. Here are my 4 lessons below:
- Faith literally creates miracles
The main character Hadassah has to endure many challenges that most people would crumble under, but she clings to her faith no matter what. As a result, she survives the most incredible odds and opens the hardest of hearts. She brought miracles everywhere she went. Throughout the novel is an overarching theme of God having the ultimate power no matter what, and this truth is highlighted subtly and effectively throughout the many twists and turns in each character’s life.
- Be careful who you surround yourself with, as they are a most powerful influence
A running theme in this book is how influenced we are by those we associate closely with. It can – and does – affect the course of our lives. Our life choices after consulting with others greatly impact on us and not everyone has our best interests at heart. Therefore we would be wise to be careful who we share the deepest parts of our lives with, lest they use it against us. This lesson is shown through the character of Julia.
- Passions define us and can also destroy us
A key element in the story was the idea of passions and how they can serve us or lead us astray. Emotions such as jealousy lead to devastating consequences in this book. It raises the thought-provoking idea that passion can be dangerous as well as exciting, and depicts this in the thrilling and dramatic context of the last days of Rome. This book skilfully explores both loving passions and the darkest kind while showing the good and bad aspects of both types. The sinister side of loving passion is described with clever word craft, reaching into your mind and twisting your ideas about it without you consciously realising. Nothing is black and white in this story as in real life, which is a cornucopia of the good, the bad, the great and the mundane.
- When you think, speak and act from a place of love, others are irresistibly drawn to you
Hadassah’s compassion and open heart endear almost everyone she meets to her. She holds something precious and different from everyone else she encounters – a sense of peace and calm tranquillity. As a result, all those around her are moved in some way by her pure heart and guileless motives. Those with all the riches in the world crave and long for the peace she carries in her soul, even though she owns nothing and has lost everyone she loves.