In the book The Penny by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford, Max Lucado asked, “Need a reminder of God’s plan to use little things to make a big difference?” Surely we all need that bit of wise advice and this story!
The Penny captures us right from the very beginning with insightful scenes. The main character, a young girl named Jenny, decides to go her own way and often does things on her own rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. But then, she didn’t know much about prayer or even about God. She was just coming to the point of salvation.
Her father was of the mean variety. Taking out his frustrations on his daughter, Jenny. Her mother seemed helpless to interfere. Or didn’t dare. He needed saving in a big way. How would Jenny have any impact on a man like that?
When I wiped my mouth, my wrist came away with a bloody smear. Why don’t you ever stand up for us, Mama? . . . The room stayed silent except for the tick tick tick of the pink-cat clock on the wall, its eyes shooting back and forth with the seconds, its tail swinging to the beat. Daddy towered over me. I got the feeling he was waiting on me to make one false move. Me, I was waiting for Jesus to show up.
It caused much talk when Jenny became the one who began a relationship with the “outcast” in town, a mysterious woman and the owner of a jewelry store. But then, could we ever imagine how our “idols” could possibly become our friends? Even the least likely can show us grace as Miss Shaw did with Jenny:
But here’s the thing with Miss Shaw: she surprised me. . .When I took my anger out in the jewelry shop, she didn’t react the way I expected her to. . .I waited all day for her to chastise me, but she didn’t.
Jenny’s change of attitude came about in mini-life-chapters over her summer of grace. But what did a penny have to do with anything?
To find out, pick up this fascinating book in the library at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott AZ