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The Other Mothers
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
David has a beautiful life, with his wife Laci and their two children. They have recently added to their family by becoming foster parents to Amber, and David feels strongly that Amber should be a permanent part of their family. However, God seems to have different plans, and the family faces some of their toughest struggles yet.

Once again Cronk opens the world of her characters from the Chop Chop series, and allows the readers inside. I especially like this book, since it focuses a lot on David and his journey, much like the first book did. I feel that as the series continues, we really get to see so many of the characters blossom, and we see it through David's eyes; now it is his turn.

As always, Cronk bravely tackles some tough subjects, and I like the fact that she allows her characters to be imperfect. Sometimes Christian authors do not want to show negative emotions or situations in their writing, but I find that authors that do produce work that is more relatable to readers, and Cronk exemplifies that. Her writing is honest, and real; it allows readers to see pieces of themselves and their own struggles in the stories.

The book, and in fact the entire series, has wide appeal for both Christian readers and non-Christian readers. I continue to look forward to the next book in the series, and am secretly dreading when the series ends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
Unlike many books, when you befriend or love the characters in a series, some authors tend to not let anything unexpected happen to them. Again, in this book she has allowed the characters to feel each emotion fully and to react as a live person in a real situation would. I love the Chop Chop series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
This book, book 5 in the Chop Chop series, was a wonderful, emotional, inspirational read. I loved all of the books, in fact I am not even sure if I can pick a favorite in this series. These books do many things: they entertain, they inspire, they make you examine your own relationship with God and your loved ones. What a wonderful journey this book was, especially as it relates to adoption, regrets, relationships, and forgiveness. It shows the main character (David) as a man of God, who is flawed (like we all are) and how there are consequences to his actions, and consequences for making hasty, emotional decisions, instead of bringing things to God and getting comfort and direction from Him. I highly encourage everyone to start from the beginning, and read every book in this series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
I loved this whole series. I started out with the first one because it was free, but fell in love and had to purchase all of them. The characters were flawed Christians who were trying to live the life they felt God had for them, just like most of us. It was fun to get a sort of God's eye view of their lives and the lives of those they influenced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
I love this series. I love the fact that these are real people facing real issues showing that being a Christian you still face trials and tribulations. Inspite of all that you still choose to trust God and turn to Him for help during the tough times. I also love the fact that the series shows that even Christian couples fight but in the end they choose to submit their lives to Christ and live lives that are pleasing to Him. Christianity is a choice and we choose Christ everyday of our lives during the good and bad times because we know that through shim we overcome the bad times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
Wow. David and Laci really go through it in this one. At one point, you are thinking that David's temper has reached a new level! But as time goes on, you just really feel for him. His emotions are just put through the ringer time after time. However, you also want to slap him and say "Snap out of it! Go to your wife!" This book is amazing. I am so attached to these characters. The development just continues to expand.
Tanner and David's relationship seems to be taken to the next level also. Lots going on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
I bought the entire series after I discovered Chop Chop #1 as a freebie and was totally floored by its beautiful depth. Unfortunately after reading books 2 and 3, and starting book 4, I took a break from the series for several months. Until today, when I finished right up to book 6, Gone. I have also started book 7 already. This is another strong book in the series with layers of reality and a breadth of experiences. I just wanted to put this short note here to add my vote to the awesomeness of books 4 and 5 of the series but I also wrote more particular reviews for Book 1 and Book 6.
I can't say enough good things about this series. And in fact, perhaps because of my long break after book 2 and 3, I feel I need to go back and re-read those two in particular. Happily however, re-reading any of these books would not be a chore. This is a slow, wonderful, unfolding journey and I continue to be impressed by how the female author captures the voice of a male protagonist so distinctively and realistically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2015
In The Other Mothers, you find David discovering his true self, his true motives. This book is quiet heart wrenching, even the second time around for me. I think this book most accurately reflects how self can get in the way of following God in regard to David. So many books and movies portray Christian characters as having such good within them that they are blinded to questions, they are blinded to reality, or they are so blind in their faith that they don't care. I think most real life Christians wish we could be blinded so greatly by faith that we never questioned. David questions. David runs at full speed in his own direction. David selfishly does whatever he can to protect his wants. David is just like all of us.

In this book we see how destructive self can be on marriage. We see how easily pride can separate husband and wife. We also see how humility can break down the walls we selfishly build up.
In the end, we see that sometimes you fight so hard for your own way only to reach the bottom and see the light. We waste all that time and energy fighting the hand that is holding us.

I doubt you need a review if you've read the previous books in the series. There is no way you can stop once you've begun this journey with these amazing characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2014
Excellent. ALL of L.N. Cronk's books grab my emotions and take them on a roll-a-coaster ride. I laugh, cry and look forward to the next one. I read a lot, and have never written a review before, but she deserves to know her works are appreciated and enjoyed! Being an adoptive parent, The Other Mothers was especially meaningful to me. Cronk is able to express real, unvarnished feelings and the peace that comes when they are submitted to Christ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2014
I can believe how much you feel like these characters are real. I feel like I know them and I'm sad where there sad and happy when their happy.
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