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A Discordant Loss, a New Song of Hope
His Gift is a story of both a crisis of faith and heartwarming victory. A young musician’s hopes are shattered as she faces the many uncertainties brought about by The Great Depression. On the cusp of the stock market crash of 1929, seventeen-year-old Molly has big dreams for a career in music after high school. Her challenge is to find peace and purpose when her world shifts in unimaginable ways.
His Gift has a classic theme for all who have experienced unfulfilled dreams and a consequent crisis of faith. This historical plot may resonate with young adults who have experienced losses from a worldwide pandemic in 2020.Though the message of His Gift is delivered through a girl’s musical aspirations, the conflict is universal to anyone who has ever dared to dream. The reader will discover with Molly the hope and peace in a life yielded to the Giver of all gifts.
Recently I was asked by a French reporter if I felt myself to be unlucky. I responded with the following: ‘No, I am not unlucky. I know that God is Sovereign. He places us in positions and circumstances to allow His will to be completed in and through our lives.’ With this understanding of how our Lord ordains our lives, the question we are left to ask ourselves is, ‘Will I willingly surrender to His will?’ In this historical fiction, based on a true story, Molly finds her peace as she yields her talent to the Lord for His use and glory. In the real-life story upon which His Gift is based, Mildred Isle, a gifted musician, finds her fulfillment as a wife, mother, and mentor to many, encouraging all both musically and spiritually.
His Gift is a timely word for those in our culture who are struggling to find hope and faith. The story of Molly’s journey will inspire you to use God’s gifts, for His glory. As you dedicate those gifts to His service, you will live with a rekindled passion, purpose, and hope.
His Gift captured my heart from the very beginning. Perhaps, it is because I, too, love music and grew up with similar experiences. The love of music, joyful musical mental escape, study in a music conservatory, all balanced against academic demands made “Molly” my kindred spirit. His Gift does not ignore the emotional, yet often misunderstood priorities Molly holds. Musical competitions can be unnerving and His Gift deeply impacted my soul as I re-tasted the anxiety before Molly’s performances. The technically accurate description of the differences between a Steinway and a Baldwin Acrosonic piano waved a blanket of remembrance of the variation of key weights, impacting the musician’s agility and strength. This book is a must for anyone who played music professionally, is an avid music aficionado, or can appreciate the spiritual journey of a musician.
Why are so many people intrigued by the character of George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life? He was a talented young man with great dreams who ended up living a very different life than he expected because of the life’s unexpected turns. The character of Molly in Joan Benson’s book The Gift is in many ways a female version of George Bailey. She is a talented young female pianist who wins a student audition for the opportunity to play with the Detroit Symphony. Sadly, the Great Depression dashed that dream just as it was beginning to blossom. Like George Bailey, Molly must find ways to overcome the grinding disappoint to discover her own wonderful life. Joan Benson has crafted a delightful tale based on her own mother’s story that is sure to inspire you to pursue your dreams despite all odds.