Saturday, June 6, 2015

What You Read Really Matters

In Firefly Valley

Amanda Cabot

Texas Crossroads 2

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa's dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake's real identity?

    One of the things about being a Christian and having a passion for reading (or really anything) is the choice you make about how much secular influence you are going to allow to exist in that passion. The majority of books/movies/songs etc released today are not edifying to the Lord. So do you choose to keep reading, to only read some, or to cut it all out? If you manufacture secular works (books/movies/songs) do you choose to edify the Lord in the things you do? All of these questions are presented to the characters in this books. And these are questions that I as a consumer of stories struggle with. I thought the way that Amanda Cabot handled working out these questions showed passion for the Lord and the wisdom to know where to draw the line. And if that was the only thing I had to say about this book, I'd already recommend it as a fantastic read. But it isn't 

     There are soooo many wonderful aspects to this book. How do you handle forgiveness towards a mentally abusive/absentee family member? Losing your job? Losing passion for things you used to love? All answered, all glorifying to the Lord. 

    I sobbed buckets when reading this book. SOBBED. BUCKETS. The only time I wasn't crying was when I was processing or laughing. This book was thought provoking, but also oddly light. Absolutely loved it. 

    Plus the romances - so cute! There was not only the one relevant to the main characters, but a developing one that was quite prominent and a really heartwarming/wrenching reunion. It didn't make me ache to find out what would happen, but it was really wonderful.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy Reading! Click on the cover to read an excerpt. 

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