This is one of the most inspirational books I have read this year. It is a fast, easy read. But that does not mean it is simplistic. The story is complicated. The story is heartbreaking. The story is uplifting. I could not put it down and read just about all of it in a little over 3 hours.
Through the first several chapters, I found myself not liking Brenda. Many times, I thought, “is she really doing this,” or “is that type of thing seriously important to her?” She bothered me greatly. However, by the end of the book, I loved her. I could not be more different than her, but I loved the transformation she went through. And I love that she presented herself available to God as one ready to be transformed. I don’t know if she knew she was doing that, but that is what happened.
This book presents the beauty and ugliness of humanity. Besides Brenda there are many other characters that made me smile, had me ready to cry, brought a frown to my face, and made me grit my teeth. When I finally closed the last page, I felt wonderful – wonderful about God and about people who look to God.
I recommend this book to readers of every stripe. You don’t have to be like the characters to like them or be touched by them. You just have to be a human who is willing to present yourself to God that God might transform you.
** "Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review."