Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Gratitude Challenge - Day 12

1 Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
2 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
3 Exult in his holy name;
rejoice, you who worship the Lord.
Psalm 105 (NLT)

Today I am grateful for books. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to read as much as I want, when I want, and what I want! I absolutely love to read books. This morning I finished my second book to review for Booksneeze and this one was called Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck.

This book was actually really good. It was a much different genre than the last book I reviewed and it was right up my alley - Christian chick lit. The book is about Jade who is happily married to her husband of two years. They are struggling with infertility but other than that, life is good. Jade runs two successful vintage stores and her husband Max is a lawyer at a very successful law firm owned by his family. Her relationship with her mother has been restored and they're making up for lost time, enjoying being together. And she has a close bond with her in-laws as well. Then Jade finds out that her husband, Max, has an illegitimate son and he wants her to help raise him. This turns her world upside down and she doesn't know what to do. So when her mom wants to go back home to Iowa because her health is failing, it gave her the perfect opportunity to escape for a little while to clear her head and think things through. So Jade, her mom, and her mother-in-law road trip to Iowa and spend some time on the farm where Jade grew up. While there in Iowa Jade begins to struggle with and question everything she thought she knew. She struggles to figure out what to do with her future. But while there Jade also begins to rely more on God and begins to see her future through His eyes and that her past does not dictate her future, God does!

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of real-life sceanarios that people may face and I felt like I could really connect to the characters. I may not be able to relate to the situations in their lives but I was invested in their lives. I felt like I knew them personally and was rooting for Jade and her relationships. The book was very well-written and it kept me captivated. I literally did not want to put this book down and read it in two days because I unfortunately could not read every moment. I am excited to read other books by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. It's a great book about the struggles in life and how God can work through those struggles to make you stronger and better. Definitely something worth reading!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines.

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to do book sneeze, but it scares me to commit when I know I'm so busy! How fun for you, though! Also, I'm almost positive it's ALL Sons & Daughters, and they are pretty new b/c they only have an EP out, so maybe it's a different band? I provided a link to one of their songs, so you should give it a listen and take a look at their CD cover to see if it's the same or not.


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