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Jen is a young woman who loses everything at the beginning of this story. One by one, all that she has is stripped away from her until she is left with nothing but a lot of heartache and questions. She was raised in a home that was “religious” but not very loving, and therefore has a complicated and sometimes resentful view of God. During the course of the story she spends some time with a couple of people who help change her life for the better. Marla is and old friend who Jen lost touch with for a long time, but when her world comes tumbling down, Jen reaches out to her. It just so happens that Marla is also a Christian. While accompanying Marla to movie night at church, Jen meets handsome and charming Barrett, who also happens to be–you guessed it–a Christian.
That is pretty much it for the plot. It’s not overly complicated, and because this is a rather short story, I understand why the author kept it simple. More time was spent on the message than the story telling though so if that is not your cup of tea, beware. However, I wouldn’t say that this book was preachy. I love the Lord and enjoy learning about Him. I also appreciate being preached to by actual preachers and ministers that I trust, but when it comes to one of my main forms of entertainment, books, I don’t like to be preached to in the form of fiction. That is just a personal preference.
No, this book was not preachy, it was informative as well as entertaining. I have been a Christian all of my life. I was born into it, and don’t really remember a day that I didn’t believe in Jesus. But if you came to know Christ later in life, you will probably appreciate Jen’s journey even more than I did.
Jen spends a lot of time in this story questioning God. She doesn’t question His existence as much as the things He does/doesn’t do. I am sure that we have all either heard someone say, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” or maybe some of us have even asked that ourselves. I have always been taught that because of free will and the right that every person has to sin, bad things are just going to happen. You can either live your life with the Lord and be certain that He will never give you more trials than you can handle or you can try it on your own, but either way, bad things happen. This subject is addressed throughout the entire book, and the author handles it rather well.
I feel like serving the Lord is a privilege. He doesn’t need me, I need Him. And if I did not serve Him, if no one served Him, He would be no less holy and certainly no less God. But sometimes I forget that it is okay to have questions, in fact He wants us to have questions because that means we are thinking and learning about Him. That is something I was reminded of while reading this.
Sure Jen spent some time questioning God, but she also spent a lot of time learning about Him while Barrett and Marla answered those questions, and if He cannot withstand a few measly questions, He would not be the God I serve. 🙂
There is also a cute romance in the story between Jen and Barrett. The way she feels about him is very sweet, and I liked the fact that she was physically attracted to him. It showed that there is nothing wrong with physical attraction, but it also did not cross any lines. The Bible never said we could get butterflies in the tummy and want to plant a big juicy kiss on a fella’s lips.
All in all this was a very sweet short read that I would recommend for Christians and those who are open to learning more about Christ. The friendship that develops between Jen and Marla along with the romance between Jen and Barrett also supplied more than a few smiles.
This book was very clean, but the reading level is more suitable for ages 12 and up.