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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Forever With You by Robin Jones Gunn

Title: Forever With You, Author: Robin Jones Gunn
ISBN: 9780982877218

Good Reads Synopsis:
Now that they have been married for almost two years, Christy and Todd are facing challenges neither of them expected. Everything that felt familiar in their relationship is being shaken. All they had hoped for in their future together is about to change.

When Christy shares her life-altering news with Todd, she doesn't receive the joyful response she was expecting. Aunt Marti inserts a few strong opinions about how the young couple should navigate this difficult season and when Todd's dad asks for help renovating his Newport Beach home it's clear that nothing will ever be the same for them again.

As Christy and Todd's relationship is radically altered will they continue to drift apart? Or will they come through the major shifts with a deeper love each for other and the One who brought them together in the first place?

MrsK's Review
With great anticipation... excitement... and a dash of honor... I ripped open the shipping envelope and began a little jig of joy.  I had Robin's newest Christy and Todd book in my hands.  This isn't just another Christy & Todd book, oh no, this is about their first years of marriage. Once word got around that I would be reviewing this book, well let's just say I became so popular with so many Robin's fans.  The waiting list may be long, their anticipation will have to wait... I will be on the porch enjoying my newest book.

In the mean time while you are awaiting your chance to read a copy... meet Christy Miller:

What a wonderful summer retreat.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Christy and Todd. Isn't it a joy when you turn the last page and you sit back as if you have just finished a Thanksgiving meal.  Completely satisfied... smiling... and feeling as if all is right in your world.

To begin your visit you must know that it has already been two years since you attended their wedding.  Married life is shaping into that period of challenges, changing expectations, and realizing that life isn't always following "your" outline.  Christy has those moments when, as a wife, she struggles to follow Todd's lead.  Todd has those moments for discerning what will be best for them, their future, and God's plan.  With every decision there is a waiting period, one in which while waiting on the Lord to confirm your next step you must rely on scripture passages and your family or friends to pray with you.  So as Christy and Todd walk through some tough times, we witness the power of a faith born and modeled in a very realistic scenario for so many married couples.

The strength of these characters is their natural "faith" in God's word, His ability to provide, and His plan/will for their lives.  This type of strength endures due to the desire to walk out the challenges with prayer.  Standing together for an answer to prayer.  Being willing to be patient, loving, and supportive of each other in times of struggles.  It is so refreshing to read stories in which the characters are so well faceted that you are comfortable with where the story line is going (joyously, with sorrow, or with trepidation) you trust the author's purpose. 

Any of us who have survived those first five years of marriage can stand united with a witness that the road ahead will get better, that there will be joy, and that each season of life will work itself out as long as there is patience and love (1 Corinthians 13:4).

Christy and Todd is an ongoing series.  Many of us have read and enjoyed their meeting, their high school years, their college ups and downs, and finally the celebration of their wedding.  Robin has not disappointed her fans, this book is all about hope and strength.  The storyline is so well woven between these young lives... their needs, their hopes, their foundation of friends, and their family support that you enjoy observing as their lives together begin to unfold.  We are given the assurance that every season of marriage will be forth coming and that there will be so many moments to add to our Christy and Todd scrapbook.

Comforting, loving, and inspiring....
Beautifully crafted read , excellent addition to any shelf including middle school and high school library shelves!

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