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When difficult circumstances escalate to the point that Aggie feels betrayed by God, things that lay dormant in her heart are awakened and manifest themselves in surprising ways. In spite of the tension and struggles portrayed in this book, there is encouragement in seeing fictional characters walk through shortcomings that most of us don't want to admit to owning. The advice the characters receive can be helpful to the readers as well.
One of my (many) favorite quotes was, "When we swallow the lie that says only those who have lived through our exact difficulties can share the Word of God with us, we're saying that God's Word is insufficient."
While this can be read as a stand-alone book, I highly recommend reading the first three books of the series as well as Past Forward (especially volume 6) to enhance your experience with these characters. (There is a synopsis of those books at the beginning of Ante Up!) You won't want to miss the author's notes at the end of the book - more wisdom to be gleaned.
In the first three books of the series (which should be read first in order to fully appreciate this book), Aggie inherited her sister's eight children; acquired a husband (and new friends); and learned much from the oft hilarious and sometimes harrowing experiences of having eight children ranging from under a year old on up to a young teenager. In Ante Up, she is expecting her second child and undergoes a testing of her faith in the middle of various problems including health issues and people issues.
I love how the author shows Aggie as a very real person going through very realistic trials. I love the interaction of the family members. With nine rambunctious children there are lots of different things going on and many scenes in which I literally laughed out loud. The author tied a clever parody of a hymn title to each chapter because Aggie has always sung to the Lord according to the moods that she is in. I enjoyed seeing Aggie as a "seasoned" mother and seeing how she still struggled and handled everything. I always appreciate the little bits of parenting and relational wisdom interspersed in the books.
While I would love to see more about Aggie and her brood, I feel like this was a satisfying ending to the series. The author gave a great setup for a couple of spin-off books involving Vannie, the oldest of the children, and William and Tina, Aggie's friends who have been dating for four years. Not only will we get to get a glimpse into Aggie's life, but we also get to learn more about some of the secondary characters.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I can't think of anything I didn't like about it.
I enjoyed meeting the older version of Aggie's children. They are quite hugable. There are some delightful quips, comments and insights throughout the book.
“She is so like her littler self-even now. Strange how alike and dissimilar people can become.” I have so often thought that as I have seen my own children grow!
The story in this book has a depth that made me do some heart searching of my own. Reading this story about other people it is far easier to see where the seeds of resentment were planted and began to grow. In our own lives the roots of bitterness, apathy or discouragement are more difficult to find. I got quite frustrated with Aggie even though I like her! Luke and his deep yet gentle love warmed my heart with his persistence. The prayers and voices of truth spoken in love were highly encouraging. The story while it made me a little anxious trying to figure out how it would resolve, was a wonderful, multifaceted read. Spend some time with this family and you will want more time with them, they will capture your heart, and perhaps you will see some of yourself in them. Enjoy!
I am truly hoping that we will at least get glimpses of these characters in other books; it makes me sad to think that this is good bye.
It’s been about five years since the last book, and the family is growing. The Murphy’s Law way of life Aggie and family live by seems ramped up to unbelievable proportions in the opening of the story. It was so easy to jump right back into the lives of all the characters and it was wonderful to see how they’ve grown and matured. It was also lovely to see Luke and Aggie with their own child in the mix.
I loved how Chautona wove in the real-life issues of complicated family matters. No matter your faith, real life rears its ugly head and you deal with it. Step-children, kooky grandmothers, lifelong friends, boy/girl issues at any and every age. Chautona shows how these things all can make or almost break your faith, and certainly how faith grows even in the midst of adversity.
It was a pleasure to reconnect with characters that are beloved. A wonderful read, I highly recommend it!
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Book Four in the series felt as is it was just an after thought, or tag on.Read more