About the Book
Title: Loving Brock
Author: Joan Deneve
Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction & Romance
Release Date: April, 2018
For years, Brock Whitfield served God with joy and contentment at the mission hospital he founded in Angola.
When Joy Stockman joined their team as a surgical assistant, he found a woman whose zeal for God and heart for people equaled and in many ways surpassed his own. Before he knew it, his admiration and respect for her blossomed into love. After years of serving alone, Brock began to hope that God was giving him another chance to love and be loved in return.
A crisis arose within the family causing Brock to put his personal plans on hold. As he prayed for guidance, Brock’s faith and obedience were put to the ultimate test as God brings the perfect person into his life and then asks him to give her up.
Wow. That is the first word that came to mind when I finished reading this book. It is inspiring, faith driven, full of emotion, and a true picture of what it means to follow God no matter the circumstances. First I want to say how refreshing it was to have characters that were a little older than I am used to reading. They are not old (they’re only 60), but they have a more mature faith because of everything they had been through in their life. I felt like Brock and Joy were part of my church family, teaching me and inspiring me as the story went on. Their faith just amazed me, and I can honestly say that I’m not sure I could have done the same things they had without fighting God about it. I won’t say exactly what so it doesn’t spoil the story for you, but wow (there’s that word again!). This book pierced my heart and made me look at life in a different way. But isn’t that what mature Christians are there for? To help you, guide you, provide Godly examples in your life? Thank you Brock and Joy for setting such a beautiful example.
Beautiful example aside, they both had their issues before their mission began in Angola. I actually am glad the author shared their journeys throughout the story, because it showed a true picture of God’s grace and the power of redemption. God is calling ALL of us to come to him, no matter what our backgrounds. God can change people – as evident with Brock in this story. I actually enjoyed seeing them as they are in the present tense, before getting glimpses of their past. It allowed me to first, look at them without judgement (because let’s face it, we as Christians tend to do that every once in awhile) on their past, and second, I became even more amazed once I learned about their “previous life” to see the person they really were today.
The other fun aspect of this book was seeing the work and life of a missionary. Missions has always had a special place in my heart and I love reading about it. I was shocked in the very first chapter of the book of how the local people looked upon Joy. It certainly opened my eyes to some of the things that Christians on the missions field have to endure. Whether you are interested in missions, a mature faith, or a powerful story of devotion to the Lord, this is a book you need to get your hands on. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Book
Joan Deneve enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author, but her favorite role and defining title is that of Christian. Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Christ and equip them to become all God wants them to be.
Joan shares her life with Rene’, her husband of forty years. Together they reside in Prattville, Alabama, a quaint city with southern charm and hospitality.
Joan loves to laugh and spend quality time with family and friends.
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