Friday, July 15, 2011
Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge
I have a problem or two or more with this story. Normally, I try very hard to be very positive when I write my reviews, but I struggle to do that with some parts of this book. I guess my trouble comes from the fact that I want all Christian fiction to be entirely Christian. Not to say that Christians don't have their stumbling blocks (myself included). The issues for me from this book are Jessie's sister (who has lived with one guy after another for some time now), Jessie's decision to move in with someone, Jessie's need to get drunk, and even Blake's shallowness when it comes to women. The other thing that bothers me is that Jessie hasn't had a relationship with God for years, if ever. At one point, we find out that she hasn't set foot in a church in 14 years or so, yet God comes into her life to write her love story. I guess for me the state of one's heart in terms of their relationship with Christ is more pressing, but maybe I'm missing the purpose of this story or overanalyzing it when that much analysis was never what the authors wanted. I believe truly that God wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. He loves His children (His creation) and wants to be involved in us, but we have a tendency to limit His involvement. Truly, I believe this saddens Him. So, from that point of view, I can see where the authors want us to see that God truly is concerned for us, wants to guide us, counsel us, reprimand us, praise us, enjoy us, etc. I find that there is so much more that I could say about this story, but I don't want to tear about what really was an entertaining, fun, unique story full of interesting characters with human aspects we can each certainly relate to. I did find the book funny, intriguing, and hard to put down. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Disclaimer: This book was provided free for review by WaterBrook Press.