My wise friend once told me two things that I believe to be truth. One of those things concerned why teenagers are such a pain in the tush. It is in preparation for parents letting go of these teens when it is time for them to leave the nest. If our children remained cute and sweet, we would never be able to let them go and become who they are meant to be.
The second truth, according to jdl, is that God made sex pleasurable so that we would procreate..otherwise we would be too rebellious to comply with His request that we do so. I believe this also is true.
That being said, what defines spicy christian reads? In two words or less, Katie Mettner defines spicy christian reads. Mettner states it this way, " My
stories tend to sit on the outside of the Christian ring where the
hero or heroine is questioning their beliefs, are angry with God, are
trying to cope with some tragedy in their life or, in some cases, all
three. That doesn’t mean the hero or heroine doesn’t love God,
they are just in their darkest valley at the moment, and they are
looking for the greener pasture HE promises them. The person they
meet in that valley is the one HE trusts to be that pasture, and my
stories are the journey to that realization.
it the thrill they are looking for? No, they are looking for the
connection two people make when they make love for the first time, as
a couple in love. They are looking for the commitment, the love and
the surrender you give the other person when you give yourself to
them, and they want me to show them, not tell them. Note, I said make
love, because that is what it is in my stories. Remember up there
when I said, “I don’t look at what I write as s-e-x”? That’s
because I look at it as committing, expressing and receiving love." These are quotes from Katie's blog, The View From the Other side. (http://katiemettnerbooks.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-is-spicy-christian-romance.html)
A lifetime ago Grant Harris was an Australian surfer at the top of his sport, until one wave changed his everything. Fifteen years later, Grant has become bitter, lonely, and disillusioned. Hoping to jump start his career he accepts a position in Duluth Minnesota, with no way of knowing how quickly his life was about to change.
A lifetime ago Carla Coffers was a runaway teen with no family, no money and no hope for a future. Fifteen years later, she’s a successful business woman as owner of Carla's Kinky Café, on beautiful Lake Superior. Her friends think she’s got it all, but Carla still yearns for the one thing she never had.
A cup of coffee, a car, a confession and a cross come together to grant him redemption from his past and give him hope for the future.
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
Call me old fashioned, but I still much prefer leaving an intimate scene up to my (the reader's imagination). However I do like Katie Mettner's writing. She has some great stories, good plots, and wonderfully flawed characters. Her characters are always looking to be better than the perception they have of their broken lives. As Katie writes from her heart about their wounds and their developing walks with God, there is healing for the character and also for the reader. I love how she is able to weave a story and incorporate God's love and messages for all of us.
There is always a lot of growth in Mettner's characters as they learn to trust in one another as well as trust in God. Granted Redemption portrayed all of the elements mentioned above. Both Grant and Carla were broken people, carrying a huge bag of past horrors, guilt and sorrow with every step they took! Both believed in God, but they were wounded and feared being hurt further in their journey. Mettner brought them together, gave them their "spicy" relationship and they found healing in their love of one another and in the God that loved them so.
This was a very enjoyable read and my heart was touched by this wonderful tale of redemption.
I rated this a four wink read.