- File Size: 1587 KB
- Print Length: 371 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FBCLMLX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Best for Ages: 18 and up
Excuse me while I gush about this book.
Wow! Wow! Wow! When I said I wanted some books about singles, this is what I was talking about! This is not about pathetic, sniffling single girls. Nor is this about man-hating, women-can-do-it-better-alone girls. This story is about three girls pursuing godly singleness. Not all of them are married/in-relationships in the end.
I read the prequel, so I had been given a taste of what to expect in this book. However, this was so, so much better. Did I agree with every choice the characters made? Nope. I raised my eyebrows a couple of times and wanted to explain a couple of things to Emma and the others. However, part of the charm was that they were imperfect and made mistakes, yet wanted to live their lives for Jesus.
The faith element stands out in this book in the best way. Emma and her friends each are perusing to live their lives for Jesus. I love how important was in their lives it was, and how authentic that felt thought the whole book. It wasn’t thrown in for show, it was an important part of each character. They each displayed it in different ways, but each loved Jesus.
There was romance in this story, but it was unpredictable in the best kind of way. While I didn’t always agree with how Emma or the other girls chose to do things, it was clear they always wanted to honor God. I had no idea who would get with who until towards the end. I was pleasantly surprised by several twists and turns and wanted to give a standing ovation a couple of times. Can you tell I like the book?
If it isn’t obvious, I highly recommend this book for single girls, those looking for faith-filled fiction, and unpredictable yet satisfying endings.
Definitely recommend to adult readers seeking to make God their #1 priority in life!
I think what blessed me the most about this book was that there was such a beautiful display of God’s love for each of his children. What a lovely reminder that he has a fantastic plan for our lives, and cares about the pain that we do though. I know that if we put our complete trust in him, he will turn this around for our good. Sometimes our plans don’t pan out like how we thought but don’t worry because Jesus has something beautiful up ahead.
Top international reviews
This book is endearing to me in many ways. Reading Emma and the Reasons journey grew dear to my heart. Every lesson along the way was like reading my own life...the struggles and the reality that God is SO much greater than we are. I had tears as I read this, and that doesn't happen often with a contemporary fiction book. Spiritual content was woven beautiful in Emma's life and the other characters. It was realistic and deep. It challenged me in my walk with the Lord and helped me to look at my own life with a different mindset. Am I striving to let God control my dreams?
The ending was amazing and sweet. There is romance in this book, but the number one focus is God and what God wants. There are sweet and sappy moments, but I was SOOO happy with Emma's choice. That's all I'm going to say. The humour is so much fun, and I cried more than one scene when conversations grew deep. The pain I've seen in ministry really hit me as I read of Emma's own efforts being a witness to those around her.
Every single girl should read this book. I do not say that lightly. In a world that is caught up in self-image, sexuality, and "me" focus, this refreshing read from a Christian perspective concerning singleness and surrender to God, is my new favorite book. You've heard the phrase "don't settle for less than God's best." Well, don't.
Content: One use of "cr*p", a mention of a rapist and a girl being raped (it is not detailed, but the pain is shown), some non-detailed kissing (although several characters decide they won't kiss before marriage), some touching (hugging, holding hands, etc.), mention of betting (plays some factor in the story, but I didn't take it offensively as it was a big joke), one character gets a "good" tattoo after he's saved to "void" the ones he has, and mentions of someone taking drugs.
Some of the Christianity had some modern feel to it, but most of it wasn't a problem, and I loved the strong thread of salvation and surrender to Christ.