Title : The Blood Done Signed my Name
Author: M. Ann Ricks
Publisher: May House Press & Publications, LLC
Release date (or anticipated release): 10/2011
ISBN 13: 978-0-615-45273-9
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Specs: paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 220 pages
Website (optional): www.mannricks.net
The story starts in 1918 while Sergeant Tanner is in battle (World War I), and later in the current day meets the main character Honey Lamb. Honey doesn’t know God but has been in a church service and wonders what the excitement is all about—salvation. Honey’s mother allows her daughter to be with her male friends because they have money. (Personal note): I shook my head, wondering what mother does this to their daughter (or child at all), unless she is on drugs. However, the mother admits she is not a woman or a mother which I call a ‘monster’ and only to meet her own selfish needs—greed (money). Then, Honey feels it is a conspiracy that all her contacts are coming to Jesus—getting saved, could God be seeking her soul too? The ending of the story is the most powerful portion of the novel: Jesus is the vine, you are the branches. We also have to know our heredity and genealogy cause you to miss what He has for you—we cannot deny the blood that flows through our veins, nor the bloodline we come from, but with Jesus’ BLOOD we are healed, delivered, and sanctified (or saved).
Dream Moment(s): “We loved each other completely…revealed the internal war that was waging because of that love (page 40).” We all battle an internal war within ourselves, and some are not open to love based on our past memories of how love was administered or practiced. Moreover, we have to give ourselves away and surrender to love, and be willing to love wholeheartedly—God is love. Besides the emotional drama, spiritual roller coaster for Honey Lamb, there is also comic relief and crossing my fingers for a fulfilling ending.
Dream Disaster (Nightmare(s)): Early readings, the writer keeps you intrigued except I felt I was going in circles and waiting for the story to reveal itself; guess Honey Lamb is also going in circles with her personal and emotional issues.
Dream 4 More (Keep us Dreaming or Begging for more): Reliving the romantic reunion, or even past memories of love but Honey allowed the relationship to go numb because of her past love experiences with her mother, difficult to love her husband Mason. Therefore, Mason mentioned that he may be unable to “forgive and forget” and I truly believe if we forgive—we can forget. In other words, God forgives our sins and doesn’t remember it (gone forever); therefore, He can only forgive us if we forgive those who have trespass us. So, if we forgive, we should not prolong, hold on to it, or keep mentioning the things we have forgiven. We also need to break generational curses such as hurt, betrayal, violence, and abuse to name a few. We do not realize our actions can mess up our future generation or legacy because of your mishaps, carry the sins into our relationships (even children and their children), and need to break the cycle by the BLOOD of Jesus Christ (please see p. 168).
Dream 4 More Reviews has received “The Blood Done Signed My Name” by the author for a book review.
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Sweet Dreams (We Loved It)!