Friday, January 18, 2013

DEVOTION by Marianne Evans

            Well done Marianne Evans.  This was not an easy story to tell, but the author did an excellent job of making this fiction story feel real and true.  It is a wake-up call to all marriages to not get "lazy",  to quote from the book, "I'd put you off - and you'd put me off.  Not out of spite, or because we didn't care.  It was simply easier that way.  A routine of convenience came over us."  "Functioning separately" is an easy habit to get into, especially when both parties are busy with their "work", even if it is a worthy cause.

Christian music agent Kellen Rossiter is in love with his wife, Juliet, but what happens to him when an unexpected temptation comes his way.  And when we give in to the allure of sin, what happens to that marriage commitment?  You will read and feel how hard it is for Juliet to trust and to forgive her husband and to not walk away.  They both will try to mend and find true devotion.  But it will only come through the strength and power of their relationship with their Lord.  They can't do this on their own, they need the help of their Lord, who loves them and never gives up on them.  I would like to quote Pastor Gene in the story, ". . .love doesn't just depend on you, or on her.  It depends on both of you and the choices you make as a couple to stay together - and in love despite everything life throws your way.  Love is a very deliberate choice, no matter what mistakes either one of you make make."

There were so many things about this story that I appreciated that I am just going to say, you need to read the book and learn from it.  This was a solid couple who let the things of this world get in the way of their love for the Lord, and for one another.  Thank you Marianne Evans for a job well done!


Sherry Kuhn said...

Well said Judy! So glad you liked the story! Marianne is a gem who just happens to write fabulous stories! ;)

Delia Latham said...

Very nicely said! I can't say enough good things about this book or its author.

Nancee said...

Beautiful review of a very touching and emotion-filled book!