"'It is finished,' Jesus says. It's a bold declaration for us to make too. What does it mean to say 'It is finished' when so much is unfinished? It means we are people who live hope in two directions, both backward and forward. We long for the kingdom to come in fullness, even as it has already come. And we trust that the One who has begun the good work in us and for us will indeed complete it."
In this sequel to Shades of Light, Katherine Rhodes, the beloved director of the New Hope Retreat Center, finds her own grief tapped by Wren Crawford's struggles with depression and loss. Through a series of letters to Wren, Katherine reflects on the meaning of Christ's suffering and shares her own story of finding hope. How does one begin to live again under the crushing weight of grief? And how can healing come when there's so much left unresolved?
With Katherine as a companion in sorrow, Wren moves forward in her commitment to paint the stations of the cross for a prayer journey at New Hope, discovering along the way a deeper communion with the Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief.
Readers are invited into a similar journey of reflection through Katherine's words and Wren's paintings. At the back of the book, a devotional guide with Scripture readings, prayer prompts, and full-color art provides the opportunity to ponder the depths of God's love by meditating on Jesus' journey to the cross.
Brown follows up Shades of Light with this pleasing novella that continues the story of Wren Crawford and Kit Rhodes, who first met at New Hope Retreat Center in rural Michigan. Wren is still overcoming depression and grief after the death of her friend Casey. She gets help from Kit, director of New Hope, who has been a comfort throughout Wren's recovery. But as Kit helps Wren, Kit's own emotional wounds reopen, though she'd thought they were long since dealt with. Through a series of faith-filled letters to Wren, Kit reflects on her past, including a difficult divorce and the quick remarriage of her ex-husband. Wren, meanwhile, works through her grief and finds some happiness in the paintings she makes for New Hope's Journey to the Cross prayer walk. Through Kit's letters and Wren's paintings rendered in colorful prints by artist Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins the characters' quiet battles to overcome trauma become outlets for opening themselves to God's love. Brown's stirring tale also comes with a Journey to the Cross reflection guide, making this perfect for Christians who appreciate stories that dive deeply into scripture.