“Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find—but the demons already have.”
– Secrets, by Beckie Lindsey
Beckie Lindsey is one of my dear blogging sisters and a delightful writer with a desire to seek God and serve others. This month, Beckie released her first Young Adult fiction novel, Secrets (Beauties from Ashes, Volume 1).
Secrets draws us into the turbulent lives of four teenage girls, each of whom is haunted by a secret either from their present or past. In a literary nod to C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, Beckie vividly illustrates the spiritual battle raging around these characters as they come to grips with hidden struggles. The book addresses issues like eating disorders, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and anger. Depending on the maturity of your son or daughter, you may want to pre-read the book in order to discuss some issues they may not know about or understand.
This book is a reminder of two very important truths:
#1: We live in a war zone.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
~ Ephesians 6.12-13, ESV
I appreciate how Beckie reminds us of Satan’s desire to unseat us and the power of God to defeat our enemy. Because we don’t see the struggle, we have a tendency to become complacent. I love the visual imagery she uses of the slinking demons and the powerful angels.
#2: There is always someone struggling near us.
It’s far too easy to become so absorbed with our own troubles that we fail to observe the struggles of others. We are all wrestling with something. As imitators of Jesus, we show our love for each other by listening and helping to bear one other’s burdens.
I am so thankful for Beckie’s willingness to tackle issues that plague our society and even our fellow Christians. It’s never easy to talk subjects like alcoholism or sexual abuse, but stories like this often help us remember who the enemy is and the power of God to overcome him.
Note: I received no compensation for this article, other than the advanced readers copy for review.
About the Author:
Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning poet, author, freelancer, and blogger. She is the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott, have three adult children, two adorable cats and live in California