Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears was a delightful book that proved not everything is as it seems. Even though this book is set in 1905 it goes a long way in showing today's Christians what true ministry should look like in this day and age.
Lydia King, is a member of the Teaville Moral Society. The name says it all - these ladies clearly think they are the example that everyone in the town should strive to be like. Their forays into the seedy parts of town to sing about sin and redemption are, quite naturally, met with disdain because while they flaunt their self-righteousness, they do little to help those in need. Nicholas Lowe, one of the richest men in town, finds the people of his church to be hypocritical snobs and to Lydia he seems miserly, because he won't donate to the church or help the poor. She bases her opinions on what she sees, but what she doesn't see is what Nicholas is really doing to help the less fortunate in the city. As Nicholas takes her under his wing to show her what true Christianity is all about, Lydia must make a decision to follow his lead, or remain safe in her own little world where those the Moral Society "claim" they want to help are ignored for the sake of propriety.
This is an engaging, thought-provoking book dealing with issues most churches today seem to ignore, like prostitution and hypocritical church members who say all the right things but don't want to get their hands dirty. Making judgments without getting all the facts is another reason this book is so engaging. We deal with these types of judgmental people all the time but rarely do we get to put them in their place like the characters in this book do. A very satisfying story with a wonderful ending. I look forward to more from this author.