I am not the kind of woman who typically reads fiction novels. In fact, I shamefully admit that I’ve been know to call it “fluff” and an “escape” from real life. For that very reason I have no idea why I agreed to be on a blog tour for a fiction book. Maybe it is because I’ve worked with Litfuse publicity several times now and I’ve always enjoyed the books they send or maybe it is because I’ve always admired Tricia Goyer’s work as an author and figured I’d give this one a go. Her book, Blue Like Play Dough is one of my absolute favorites. In any case, I agreed to read, review and be on a blog tour for Beside Still Waters.
NOTE: The blog tour happened in April while I was still taking a blog break to be with my boys after the death of their dad. So, I had totally forgotten about it but I did get to read the book and I do want to share it with you.
Beside Still Waters had me intrigued from page one. I can’t tell you why because it would totally ruin it for you but you have to read this book. It wasn’t just the story of a girl and her family. Or the girl’s discovery of life beyond all that she had ever known. It wasn’t even about the impending romance or critical decisions that were to be made. It was about God. It was about His hand in all things and trusting that He will work it out. I have to think that God wanted this book to land in my hands when it did. We had just lost Mark, the boys’ dad and just a couple months later we learned that my grandma’s health was declining. I had to look at my boys day after day and remind them, while holding back my own tears, that God is in control and that even though life isn’t fair He has a great plan for us.
I see that in this book, on every page.
You should also thank me for waiting to post this review. I have had to anxiously wait for the release of the second title. I wanted it in my hands just seconds after finishing this one. You, on the other hand, only have to wait a few weeks. Lucky dog, you.
I’ll be giving away one of these books. No jumping through hoops to enter although I would be very appreciative if you did subscribe to my email updates, “like” Cajun Joie de Vivre on Facebook, or “follow” me on Twitter. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what your favorite fiction book is or if you don’t have any yet, why do you want to start with this one. That’s it!
I’ll post the winner on Friday, August 12th. The winner is Katie M!
I was not compensated for this post but I was given a copy of the book for review. I am paying for the giveaway book. The opinions are my own.