Forever His

Precious Love Series, Book 3

“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set glory in the heavens…When I consider the heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?…Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.” Psalm 8.

Forever His takes Jayden and Angie around the world on their year-long honeymoon. They travel to the Mount Everest Base Camp. They volunteer where Saint Theresa (formerly Mother Theresa) used to work. Jayden and Angie meet new people along the way, doing their best to connect with other Christians, even in places like Japan where Christianity is not a major religion. They do not set out to convert others, however. They live their lives in a way that, they pray, shows God’s love. Although they may not actively set out to convert others, they are always available to talk to anyone who has questions and/or just needs a friend, never passing up the opportunity to witness to others and share God’s love with anyone willing to receive it.

Forever His takes Jayden and Angie around the world on their year-long honeymoon. They travel to the Mount Everest Base Camp. They volunteer where Saint Theresa (formerly Mother Theresa) used to work. Jayden and Angie meet new people along the way, doing their best to connect with other Christians, even in places like Japan where Christianity is not a major religion. They do not set out to convert others, however. They live their lives in a way that, they pray, shows God’s love. Although they may not actively set out to convert others, they are always available to talk to anyone who has questions and/or just needs a friend, never passing up the opportunity to witness to others and share God’s love with anyone willing to receive it.

That does not mean their honeymoon is without challenges. Jayden is very adventurous, much more so than Angie, who grew up on a ranch in Montana. Jayden is also still recovering from a brain injury and feels he has something to prove. Angie reluctantly agrees to adventures she would rather not experience, but she wants to make Jayden happy. Will she regret allowing Jayden to push himself and agreeing to always do what he wants even when she has reservations? Or will she be glad he pushed her to be more adventurous and leave her comfort zone?

Meanwhile, back in Australia, Ben and Tessa are facing struggles of their own. Ben has been working for a very well-respected accountant who has been passing more and more work to Ben. The easier life they were hoping for when they moved to the country is beginning to be more and more like the life they thought they had escaped when they left Brisbane. Tessa is not the only one who sees the dark circles under Ben’s eyes growing darker. Jayden and Angie become more concerned each time they video chat. Naomi and Bella, Ben and Tessa’s daughters, also miss Ben and miss spending time with him as he becomes more consumed by work – at the office and at home. Everyone is shocked when the truth comes out. How will they ever survive such scandal? Will their lives ever be the same?

Forever His is a story of love and faith, of trials and triumphs, of actions and consequences. What I enjoyed the most was how Jayden, who has come so far from where he was when he ran away with his mother, often recalls scriptures when he sees something new. For example, while at a teahouse “on the edge of town and the deck had uninterrupted views of the snow-capped mountains, Psalm 19 verse 1 popped into Jayden’s mind: ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.’” I often find myself looking at a beautiful sunrise or sunset or driving along the beach, and I cannot understand how anyone can see such beauty and doubt God’s presence.

In Forever His, Juliette Duncan also reminds us that we are never alone. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” We all need this remind from time to time.