Monday, May 7, 2012

Need You Now: A Book Review

About The Book:

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.
Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.
Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.
While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.
If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.
Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.
About The Author:
When a personal crisis tested and strengthened her faith, award-winning journalist Beth Wiseman was advised by her agent to consider writing a Christian novel, particularly an Amish one. Encouraged by her agent’s urging, she began exploring the Amish lifestyle and soon developed a great appreciation for the more peaceful way of life. In 2008 Wiseman wrote her debut novel, Plain Perfect, featuring the Amish lifestyle within the context of a fictional love story. It was a bestseller, as have been all of the full-length novels and novellas she has written since.
While Need You Now is Wiseman’s first non-Amish novel, she is confident it will not be the last. She is already making plans to write a second contemporary novel in the near future. Like Need You Now, it will also be set in small-town Texas, a familiar background she thoroughly loves exploring and writing about. 
Wiseman’s previous releases have held spots on the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller lists. In 2010, she received the INSPY Award for Amish Fiction (chosen by blog reviewers). In 2011, she received the Carol Award and was the Inspirational Readers Choice winner for her book Plain Paradise. Her novel Seek Me with All Your Heart was the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. In addition, Wiseman has been a Retailers Choice Finalist, a Booksellers Best Finalist and a National Readers Choice Finalist. Prior to becoming a novelist she received many honors for her work as a journalist, including a prestigious First Place News Writing Award from the Texas Press Association.
Today, she and her husband are empty nest parents of two grown sons, enjoying the country lifestyle and living happily with two dogs, two cats, two pot-bellied pigs, six chickens and a single pygmy goat in a small community in South Central Texas. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and watching good movies. Her favorite pastimes, however, are painting (her paintings can be viewed at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook) and spending time with friends and family.
My Review:
I have had the wonderful honor of reading a number of Ms. Wiseman's previous work, and they were incredible. This most recent one is a departure from her Amish fiction, but it was a great departure.
The characters are very well developed, and the story is written in such a way that it flows really nicely. Many topics are covered in the book, including cutting, and marriage crisis', but the main topic was that it does not matter how far we drift from God, He always loves us and brings us back to Him. The journey is not always easy but always needed. Throughout the book, I laughed and cried, have tissues handy for sure. Also, as I read the book, it caused me to examine my own life and see what things I am taking for granted and what I need to change in my own life. I can honestly say this is the first time a novel has accomplished that.
The book was a quick read and held my attention through out. I look forward to see what comes next from Beth Wiseman!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Need You Now at your favorite bookseller, from Thomas Nelson
***I  received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, NetGalley and Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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