A short deviation from the usual book review format … I am happy to launch my new blog site with a book from one of my favorite authors. After you finish reading this, being involved in the give away (shown below) and of course, buying Argosy Junction, please return here and poke around a bit. You can also go to my main website: www.fircreations.com. I have plans for some exciting things coming up, so stay tuned!!!
About the Book
Book Title: Argosy Junction
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Release date: 1st edition: March 11, 2010 ; 2nd edition: August, 2018
“I want nothing to do with Jesus or God.”
After over twenty years of abuses from the cult-like church she grew up in, Lane Argosy has had it with God and His people. Though the Brethren try to make Lane and her family’s lives unbearable, freedom from their warped brand of Christianity is sweet. She’ll never go back… never.
He just wanted to visit the country he’d explored through books. So, when Matt Rushby arrives in Argosy Junction, Montana, he expects idyllic meadows and craggy rocks towering above, old-fashioned friendliness and at least one or two cowboys. Instead, he finds familiar hatred and factions very much like the ones back home in Rockland’s inner-city gangs.
The Argosy family is disillusioned, broken, and floundering. Matt knows the answer is Jesus—just Him and not the trappings of a faith He never designed.
But how can Matt help them turn their hearts back to the Lord when he suspects Lane has stolen his?
Have you ever read a book and thought … meh! It was okaaaaayy!!! Then you read it again and you devour it. You remember most of it, but it completely hits you in a different way than it did the first time. This is what happened with Argosy Junction.
I stumbled on Chautona Havig’s books Past Forward – Volume 1 and the first of the Aggie series, on Kindle under the Christian fiction freebies section. At some point early on in reading Chautona’s books, I found her website and found a chronological list of all her stories relating to the city in her mind, Rockland and its surrounding suburbs. So, I read ALL of the books, in Chronological order, even the ones I had already read. I think it took me about a year and a half, with some breaks. The breaks, if I remember, were for reading Chautona’s other non-Rockland related books. Argosy Junction is part of the line-up. Honestly, I forgot so much of it, it didn’t stick with me, like other books had. THIS time though, I loved it.
I enjoy Chautona’s romances, because few have anything to do with “electric cheese”. She digs into the real heart of matters and shines the light of the Lord’s truth into them. She’s not afraid to deal with the tough stuff, and she does not compromise. The tough stuff in this is related to the injury brought on by a cult-like church that takes church discipline to its hardest extreme, puts a blight on the Lord’s name and bruises and injures people in its wake. I can’t say any more or I’ll ruin the story.
I enjoyed Patience, the little girl in this story. She seems simple of mind, but very astute in heart. She’s truly a little light of innocence and sensitivity and simple faith in the Lord. Makes me think of a song we sang when we were little:
“Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light.
Like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world of darkness, we will shine,
You in your small corner and I in mine!”
What I didn’t like … and this does sound very cliché, it ended so quickly. I kept swiping to see if there was more, but nope, no more. Another way you know you read a good book is, if you are looking for more!
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.
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About the Author
The author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.
Guest Post from Chautona
What Do You Do When the Church Becomes Toxic?
You know how TV shows and movies like to make fun of bridezillas?
Yeah. I know. It can be funny.
But bridezillas aren’t just those gals on reality shows. They’re all over the church, too. People who allow their focus to get off the Bridegroom and onto “their day.” Instead of focusing on the One who loves them so dearly, Who has rescued them from the gutter and holds them close and tenderly, they focus on getting all the trappings right. The right wording, the right clothes, the right rules of…
So many friendships have been ruined by a bride gone wild—so focused on details that she forgets the people she hopes will celebrate it with her. She forgets her groom. Unreasonable expectations of the day and of people lead to broken relationships and an ugly taint to what should be a beautiful occasion.
What I find interesting is that people will forgive a lot from a bridezilla. You hear things like, “Well, it’s such a stressful time,” or “She’ll come around after she settles in.”
And it’s true.
So, why don’t we have the same grace for the “bridezillas” of the church? When that deacon decides to become judge and jury of people’s spiritual state based upon what he thinks or knows someone has contributed to the church, why do we write off him and the rest of the congregation (or all congregations out there)? When the church gossip shares private information… or even false information, why do we lash out with thinly-veiled, passive-aggressive rants on Facebook about brutes in the church before flouncing off in a spiritually-superior rejection of that “religious nightmare, otherwise known as the church?” (Yes, I’ve heard it called that).
When we’re blackballed by people who used to call us family, why do we reject all parts of the bride? Why do we cut off an arm, a leg, a hand, and whack away from the body known as Jesus’ bride until only a piece of an eyelash is left—us?
I get it. The bride of Christ gets ugly—like many bridezillas do. But do we love our Groom? Do we trust that He will stay faithful to us even when parts of our body fails us? When we get old, frail, and forgetful, will He remember us? Will He stay faithful and true when we wander to other loves? Can we trust that?
If Jesus can die for that person in the pew across the way, if He can forgive their sins, if He can forgive your sins, can’t you forgive His beloved?
Look, I get it. Sometimes part of the body of Christ becomes ill—gangrenous. Toxic.
When that happens, you need to remove yourself before you become ill, too. I get that. But that local body is just a tiny finger or toe of the whole body. We need to do what we can to help the rest of the body stay healthy while we pray and do what we can to help the sick part.
And I’m not condoning sin. Please understand that. This isn’t about me saying, “It doesn’t matter if the church sins against us. It does. It’s why Jesus gave us a way to deal with that.
But regardless of how someone else behaves, we still have to do what’s right. And I Peter 4:8 reminds us that “Love covers a multitude of sins.”
If you thought I’d wax eloquent about how evil the church is, how we should just abolish the “institution,” and why it’s just so bad…
You’ll be disappointed. I won’t do it.
So, What Do You Do When the Church Becomes Toxic?
I can answer the question in a word.
And really, that’s all Matt does in this book. Loves. Okay, and maybe a little prayerful ranting as well.
It’s what Jesus did when His creation—you and me—when we became toxic. He loved.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package that includes a paperback copy of Argosy Junction, “Matt’s” copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and a $25 gift certificate!!
Click HERE to enter.