Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn
The relationship between Jonathan and Shelly in the new book, Clouds, by Robin Jones Gunn is set up for a perfect ending from the start. Childhood friends, love relationship later on that is broken up by Shelly running away, sets up the story for a hopeful ending. The characters in the book are likable in that they don’t easily fit into a stereotype. Shelly is passionate about following her dreams yet is willing to change them for a greater life, including one that opens up her connection to her sister Meredith. Secondly, the plotline, though very predictable, moves along with much ease, keeping you interested how the plot thickens.
I didn’t love this book but I appreciated the character development and the connection the book made with God’s work in the world. One of the ways Robin connects the work of God through her character’s lives is seeing God pursuing his people in relationship. There is a point in the book when Shelly realizes her lackluster desire to follow God but is reminded that God has been with her all the time, never leaving even in times of great turmoil (up and downs of work, relationship with Johnny). We often, like Shelly, only think of God’s work in our lives after looking back at how faithful he has been through the years. The reminder that even in the storyline between Shelly and Johnny God is in the business of working out his plan provides much confidence and assurance to his people.
This book is geared towards women and those desiring to see a love story. I think there is more here than just a love story. I hope this book helps others see that God is the business of all of the details of life.
Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for the review copy of this book in exchange for review.