Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MY FOOLISH HEART by Susan May Warren

A heartwarming story filled with characters with flaws, who are learning of God's faithfulness, mercy and love. It was a delight and refreshing to read this book. Good job Susan May Warren!

This is another story in the town of Deep Haven, centered around 4 characters. Isadora Presley, or Issy, is a popular talk radio show host who gives listeners advice on romance, but her problem is she doesn't date because she is trying to overcome her fear of leaving her house since the terrible accident she was in years ago. Caleb Night has just arrived in town seeking the coaching position at the area high school, and ends up as Issy's next door neighbor. Caleb is keeping his war wounds a secret from everyone and trying to stay focused on being a great coach (and how to help his neighbor Issy come out of her house and begin a relationship with him). Then there is Issy's great friend, Lucy, who runs the World's Best Donut Shop in town. She is struggles with where her life is going (nowhere) and what to do about Seb who has just returned to town to also try out for the coaching position. Seb and Lucy were high school sweethearts until something went terribly wrong. Seb is trying to make something of his life, and he needs Lucy to forgive him and to start their relationship over again.

As you can tell, there is alot going on in this story. Alot of twists and turns, heartaches and trials, but also alot of love and forgiveness. The resounding theme of the story is the verse, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind." I hope after you have read the story you will also read the "A Note from the Author" at the end. She gives a great explanation of her thoughts and feelings while writing this story. As she says, "Life is scary" but "The answer: God's perfect love expels all fear". She did an excellent job of showing this in her book. I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. They did a good job on the cover (and I even liked the "feel" of the book; I know that sounds funny, but it had a soft feel to it!).

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