A Time to Embrace deals with the tragedy and trials that can assault a marriage. John and Abby have been married for more than twenty years and are enjoying a newness in their relationship after a long dry spell. While there are struggles in John's job, they are simply drawing closer together and appreciating the gift of marriage. The real test comes when he is critically injured in a car accident. The dialogue is good, the plot is decent and the celebration of marriage is terrific. It's good vacation reading.
Also over my blogging break, I read a variety of other books that you might wish to check out:
Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World by Tom Davis -- This is a story set in Africa based on real people that will touch your heart and challenge you to act as you are confronted with the life of a young girl fighting for survival in her AIDS-ravaged country. Right now, I can't get enough of Africa.
June Bug by Chris Fabry -- A little girl travelling with her father in an old RV sees a picture of herself on a missing child poster in Walmart. The mystery unfolds in a story beautifully told and touching.
The Promise of Heaven: Reflections on Our Eternal Home by Randy Alcorn -- A condensed version of his lengthy (and worthwhile) book Heaven, this version has the added value of beautiful photography by John MacMurray. I appreciate it for its biblically-based answers for questions, such as
What can we know about heaven?
What happens when we die?
Will we have the same identities as now?
What will we do in heaven?
I think adults and older children would enjoy this book.
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore -- This true account of a homeless black man, a white wealthy art dealer and the woman who brought them together will touch your heart and challenge your thinking. Warning: I cried buckets.
A friend recommended this book to me for our women's book club, and I agreed it was a terrific choice. We meet in a few weeks to discuss it, and I can't wait.
Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish -- Perhaps my favorite book of this summer, the story began slowly, but once it hooked me, I couldn't let go. The characters are believable, the emotion is raw, the story beautifully woven. Benjamin, a police officer who had served in Afghanistan, is married to Abbi, a vegetarian peace-loving, war-protesting artist. Their marriage is on the rocks when he discovers an abandoned newborn in need of fostering. As they care for the baby, places in their hearts begin to heal. Benjamin continues to investigate and search for the parents of the baby, which allows for the subplot about Matthew, a deaf genius with a beautiful heart. Marriage, parenting, church relationships, forgiveness . . . all of these things are explored in this compelling read.
Now, there's still some summer left. Get busy reading!
And if you've read something fabulous lately, please share!
Or tell me, what's your favorite book?