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To Protect & Serve: A Contemporary Christian Romance Novel (The Courage Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Finding myself stopping to consider the concept of having "Fridays" to go through--as we all do--yet recognizing that we have been promised a "Sunday" that has already proven to come for us for thousands of years, certainly takes us directly to the heart of the weekend that Jesus had not only died for us...but Arose!
This is the first novel in the Courage Series and I had never read the author before. Needless to say it was a very pleasant surprise, as well as a spiritual and inspiring story for me...
It's a love story. The novel has that element, but moves on into presenting an exciting, yet heartbreaking picture of those who serve our country through fire protection--To save others' lives, they will risk their own... all without any explicit sexual content! What a lovely break for this reader.
Jeff Taylor had been shy and unable to deal with interacting with women until he met and fell in love with Lisa on a night when both had been the lonely single at a bar's table. While Jeff had a background that we later learn about that helped to lead to his personal and professional choices, Lisa Matheson had long ago chosen to become a professional business woman and head her own company. But not only did she have issues with delegation, she found that she still have to deal with...men...especially when they were clients who found her not only beautiful, but assumed that she would do anything to please that client...
Readers enjoy seeing the camaraderie and friendship developed among firemen and watch as they handle daily emergencies, such as when Jeff talks a young boy from jumping off a bridge...and much more. While Lisa has a difficult time trying to deal with all of the work she has and the problems necessary to build up a small business.
While the two begin to slowly meet and share quiet times talking and learning about each other, Lisa soon learns that there is danger for Jeff...life-taking danger when one of his best friends dies from being caught in a fire...
The major attribute that comes through Stallings book is...reality...Readers are fully aware of both internal and external thoughts of confusion, anger, joy, and love...and, when asked to participate, with God as a primary character there in those emotions... The dialogue between each of the couple and the God to whom each shares, is very personal and provocative... Is God helping to bring the two together? Or should they move on, reverting back into their lonely, separate lives.
Is it worth so much pain and fear to have a love so great that losing it would affect your whole life?
Stallings has given readers much more than a sermon...she has opened the lives of two people, who could be you or somebody you know. She has given each God's spirit so that even when there were Fridays in their lives, there was that promise, that realization that Sunday comes...and His Spirit lives with us each day, Fridays, especially...
This is a personal favorite for 2016...a glorious expression of God's Love... A must-read for many! If only every teenager today could read that it's not necessary to rush into marriage and all it entails... Do check it out for yourself or as a gift...
There were quite a few editing errors and words that weren't used properly, which is distracting to me. Examples are "eve of the roof" instead of "eave", "closer to the peek" instead of "peak", and "a cleave that would never heal" (cleave is a verb).
I did like that the language was fairly clean, and that there were no sexual situations. I will probably read the next book in the series, as I think this author shows promise.
Jeff's best friend is killed in a fire and Jeff is injured to test the growing romance as Lisa must face that she loves a man that faces danger every time he reports to the fire station to go to work. The emotions, faith, strength of the women that wait at home and closeness of the men that work together facing the possibility of danger with every shift comes through the struggles of the characters to make this romance a serious look at how important firefighters are to our communities.
.the message overall despite the very over the top reactions of the charaecters. I would have believed the ending more if they were both regular church attendees. Suddenly they just trust in God at the end. Well I found Jeffs character to be much more believeable than lisa. I am a believer and I will say that having a relationship with my God takes work. Also the entire manuscript was littered with glaring typos..now I know that might just be because it's an ebook
.still very annoying.
The chapter except for the 2ND book was so much better. No typos and much more believable characters.