This building of up of what we want doesn’t have to be tearing down of who we are. It’s the worst kind of extravagance to think we’re above adversity. Isn’t that what God calls of us, to acknowledge that we are moving this undercurrent of something that is always at work around us?
Something about the circus that brings awe and wonder to a child that we lose as we go into adulthood. This historical fiction captures all that in the vein of faith. I am probably more critical of Christian fiction books than non-christian books because they leave out the struggle and the awe of the struggle or the One who sees the bigger picture. The struggle is real along with the faith.
The Ringmaster’s Wife is an account of Mable Ringling in the early 1900’s. The narration reflects her relationship with her husband and her struggle. A wise woman who saw the potential where others missed. One potential she saw was in Colin whom she encouraged her husband to hire as a young man. Because Mabel saw what others could not, Colin became a successful employee of the Ringling Brothers Circus. He sought new talent and he found it in Rose. Rose a young woman, the daughter of an earl whose life is mapped out by her family, runs away from a arranged marriage to the circus. Colin sees something in Rose that she does not see in herself. Rose is met with strife with another circus act and she must overcome her doubt and her insecurities to a long lasting faith.
What attracts me and keeps me is the awe and wonder of faith that we lose because of insecurities and doubt. Colin and Rose must overcome different things to arrive at the same thing that they have longed for. Mabel in her wisdom and how she sees others, deeply encourages Rose and Colin in their faith. It makes this read for all Christian readers who want to come back to a child like faith. Highly recommend.
A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.