- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Elisha Press (May 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692435476
- ISBN-13: 978-0692435472
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Susanna Don't You Cry Paperback – May 2, 2015
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About the Author
Zachary McIntire is a homeschool graduate, entrepreneur, and history lover. He lives in the Missouri Ozarks, where, in between business and ministry activities, he occasionally finds time to write.
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A year and a half ago I had the privilege of hosting an Elisha Press author on Noveltea to celebrate the release of his first book, and I’ve also reviewed a couple of their books in the past six months. So when Elisha Press contacted me in December to see if I wanted to be part of the fun and festivities of the release of their newest book I jumped sat the chance. (Book releases are so special, and I always feel honored to be a part of one.)
What I Thought about this Book
What I Liked:
1. How the brother and sister interact when they are younger. I grew up being really close to my next-older brother, so books with that element in it make me happy.
2. The book contains good foreshadowing. One of my big pet peeves in books is when something happens very conveniently, yet not very realistically. This book was delightfully void of those occurrences to the best of my memory.
3. Not only is there good foreshadowing, but there is also good set-up for why the choices that were made, were chosen.
4. There were a couple of times that I was like, “Oh, such and such a thing is about to happen” and then it did. It was nice getting to “know” the characters enough to predict their actions a little.
5. The author doesn’t go into needless details about the “issues” the book deals with (divorce, drugs, etc…), yet they weren’t glossed over either, I thought he hit a good balance.
6. There was good character development. All of the main characters ended the book very different from how they were in the beginning, and that is something that can be hard for an author to succeed with.
What I Didn’t Particularly Like:
1. There was a relationship that did not feel “right” to me; not that there was anything morally wrong with it, because there wasn’t, but it lacked depth and therefore believability.
2. Throughout the book I felt like the subject of money, success, and drive were not handled well (or, I at least didn't agree with the conclusions). I ended up emailing with the author about the book as a whole and when we talked about the problems I had with these parts, I realized we saw more eye-to eye on this matter than I had thought. So that means I probably just misinterpreted what he was trying to say, but it still raised a red flag for me.
I'm giving Susanna Don't You Cry Three Stars.
Susanna Don't You Cry wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, although I did find it interesting and an easy and enjoyable read. Elisha Press recommends the book for ages 12 and up due to themes such as divorce and drug addiction.
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This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions were my own.
Starting with Ross' decision to leave his home, "Susanna, Don't You Cry" follows the life of all four family members affected: dad, mom, brother, and sister.
Most of the plot was predictable once chapter three rolled around, and it was one of those reads that didn't shower me with uncomfortable situations. Rather, it follows the journey of this family as they are introduced to Christ--and their choices as to whether to accept or reject Him.
It was very fast-paced without a dull moment. I personally enjoyed reading about Ross' life best, but every time the camera panned to another character, I found myself eager to hear the progression of their life. At the same time, I found the characters a little hard to engage with--their emotions didn't quite feel real and things sometimes felt stated rather than shown. But I enjoyed the read and appreciate the strong, Christian message (though, now that I'm thinking about it, I can't recall much Scripture used...pet peeve).
Younger readers probably shouldn't read this book. Though no immoral scenes are portrayed, some of the characters are involved in drugs and suicidal thoughts. However, I found this to be more "mentioned in passing" rather than diving into the sins they were committing (which I appreciate).
Some favorite quotes:
“The goodness of God.” Ross repeated the phrase flatly. “Is that what you call this rat race?”
“No,” Jacob mused, leaning on his mop handle. “I think that’s called ‘life.’ But God’s goodness is what makes the rat race bearable. Everywhere I look, I see it.”
"Every problem is an opportunity: it’s a chance to trust God through it, and let Him be glorified."
*I received this book in exchange of my honest review*
The themes of surrender, redemption, forgiveness, and sanctification in the Christian life were clearly demonstrated.*Spoiler alert!!!* I think one of the most powerful scenes in the book is when Ross realizes that he can't get his life turned around first and then give it to God. It is only through the work of the Holy Spirit, and the power of God in his life, that he has any hope of success. *End of Spoiler*
Though the story deals with divorce and drug abuse, it is handled delicately and does not go into any inappropriate details. It is mainly mentioned as a fact, but not dwelt on or described.
For a debut novel, this is very good quality, and I would recommend it to anyone!
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Elisha Press in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Zachary and Jason for the opportunity to read this book!