Christy Grey is summoned from her comfortable home to return to Tombstone, Arizona, to help her brother care for their mother, sick with consumption. On the road out, their stagecoach is ambushed and Christy, who encounters one of the outlaws, promises not to reveal his identity to the law.
While in Tombstone, Christy finds her family living in abject poverty and her brother addicted to gambling. Christy is forced to work in the Oriental Saloon to provide for her family’s needs and there finds Sara, a young prostitute she met on the streets. Christy and Sara bond and Christy works, and prays, towards helping them both escape the life of the red-light district and find hope.
There is also James “Nevada” King II, the outlaw from the robbery, who stays in Tombstone instead of running. Is he really innocent as he claims or should Christy break her promise and report him to the authorities? Does everyone deserve a second chance?
I loved this charming story about a young woman who struggles with second chances and rough circumstances forcing her back into a life she had put behind her. It came as a delightful surprise to me and blessed my heart. The only way I can really explain how much this book meant to me is to tell you something of my story.
Like Christy, I came out of a bad situation. I got into some dark stuff and I stopped following God. Hate bred in my heart like a thick weed, choking out the love I felt for my family. I lied openly to the people I loved. I led a double life and shut down from living, trapped in an addiction that failed to satisfy me like it had when I began.
By God’s mercy, He brought me out of the addiction I had willingly walked into. God’s mercy exists so that we might be saved through Jesus Christ:
17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:17-21 NASB)
It wasn’t an instantaneous thing that I felt forgiven and loved. When it happened it came unexpectedly, like it did for Christy.
One February day, I was talking online to an acquaintance I knew. As we talked about her struggles, God provided the opportunity for me to share words from my past — words of faith that had been preached from the pulpit of my parents’ church.
As God allowed me to witness to this woman, to communicate what I had heard, what I once believed, a door to my heart was opened for Jesus Christ to move in. He touched my heart. That was the moment that I realized how much God truly loved me, how much He forgave me. That was my turning point when I surrendered my life to God.
So reading this book for the first time, I was not aware of Christy’s story that began in Love Finds You In Last Chance, California. I was surprised to discover the parallels between Christy’s experiences and my own. Reading about Christy’s turning point, that defining moment where she comes to realize Christ’s love for her, and His forgiveness and grace, ministered to my spirit.
What Miralle Ferrell accomplishes with her book is a heartwarming story that communicates the message of Christ’s love to her readers. This should be the highest ambition of any Christian author. As a writer, I am left inspired, and hopeful, that maybe God can use my writing to touch other people’s hearts.
When was the last time you read a book that touched your heart or maybe helped you at a point in your life? What was the book and the author? How did it change you? Would you read it again? I’d love to hear your story.