K. C. Murdarasi, Leda
According to the front cover Leda was shortlisted for the Scripture Union New Fiction Prize 2007, and, having read the book I can understand why.
K. C. Murdarasi, a member of Adelaide Place Baptist Church and a former missionary in Albania, writes beautifully and deeply theologically for young people.
Leda is titled after the main character growing up in Albania in 1991 just after the fall of Communism. When visiting missionaries come to a nearby village she hears about Jesus for the first time and puts her trust in Him. However, life circumstances threaten to overwhelm her and her faith at first falters. Yet God continues to reveal Himself to her, and she learns what it really means to put her trust in God and grow in faith with the help of a local pastor helping her understand the Bible.
When the country is thrown into chaos again in 1997, Leda and her best friend run away, to escape to Greece, and once again Leda’s faith is tested – though she knows that God is faithful and will get them through.
Throughout the book Murdarasi cleverly weaves biblical and theological truth into the well thought through narrative addressing issues such as what happens when God doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we would like, the challenge to not compromise our faith in our lives, listening to God’s voice and being open to His guiding presence.
As the summer approaches and Sunday School prizegivings loom, Leda is well worth considering, especially for readers over 10 years of age. For more info or to obtain copies then visit K.C. Murdarasi’s websitewww.kcmurdarasi.com
Rev Mo Gibbs, St Ninian’s Baptist Church, Youth Development Coordinator, Baptist Union of Scotland