Beyond I Do    -     By: Jennifer Slattery
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New Hope Publishers / 2014 / Paperback

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Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed, socialite psychiatrist. But as Ainsley's wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream, a hidden passion, one that threatens to change everything, including her fiance'. If she wants to embrace God's best and find lasting love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage is beyond "I do."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.80 (inches)
ISBN: 1596694173
ISBN-13: 9781596694170
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Marriage . . . it's more than a happily ever after. Eternally more. Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiance. To embrace God's best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

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  1. mustlovetoread
    Newport VA
    Age: 35-44
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    a must read for anyone thinking about getting married or already married!
    September 7, 2014
    mustlovetoread
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    Beyond I Do

    By: Jennifer Slattery

    The message in this book makes it a must read. Whether youre already married or hope to be, do not miss this. Ainsley Meadows is ready to marry the man of her dreams. But is he really? Its a predictable, safe relationship, but will that be enough for the years after she says I do?

    Ainsley strives to do what God wants her to do. She goes to church, visits the sick and shut-ins, volunteers at a womens shelter, but her fianc Richard Hollis, a psychiatrist, is more interested in marketing his new book. He figures he will keep her busy enough after marriage with social functions to cut down on her time to associate with such people.

    Her neighbor, Chris Langley, just moved in. His mother is in an assisted living home. She has Alzheimers. He sold his lawyer practice and bought a coffee shop in order to be closer to his mother. God has given him a vision for the coffee shop. Will it come to pass? Or will it go under first?

    Ainsley is terrified of ending up like her mother, jumping from relationship to relationship, job to job. Who does God want her to marry? I loved how this theme was handled in this book. As opposed to just jumping into a marriage without thinking about the repercussions, Ainsley is feeling unsettled and wondering where these feelings are coming from. She wants to pray about Gods will and know who He has picked out for her. Being a Christian and your fianc not, brings discord into their marriage from the beginning. He does not understand her desire to help others, go to church, volunteer her time. And when she voices these concerns, his response is to blame her childhood and the games her mother played for her indecisiveness about their upcoming marriage. When she questions his faith, he promises to go to church more. She is not convinced of his faith and salvation, however.

    Beyond I Do is a great book for young adults on the verge of marriage. It lays out questions you should ask, concerns you should talk about, and getting the discussion of salvation and faith out in the open to be sure both parties are on the same page. A relationship with Jesus is a personal one. It is a real relationship. Are you hearing from Him? What is He telling you? Before making that big time commitment, make sure it is the one He wants for you. Blessings from God do not bring added trouble.

    This line stayed with me after reading this book: Christianity isnt about doing anything. Its about accepting what Jesus Christ has already done. We cant earn His grace; it is freely given. Pick up this book today for a great read. I cant wait to read more by this author.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Jennifer Slattery
Submitted: August 12, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I love to read almost as much as I love to write and always have a book lying on my bedstand and another ten or so waiting on my Kindle. I write what I like to call "missional romance" because I'm passionate about outreach, living out my calling, and encouraging others to do the same. I also write for Crosswalk.com and write and edit for an international ministry called Christ to the World Ministries that shares the gospel, via radio waves, with 32 countries. When I'm not writing or reading, you'll probably find me hanging out my husband of 19 years or perusing the mall with our teenaged daughter

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The theme for the novel--serving the local homeless--arose from my time as a homeless teenager, and the romance angle came from over a decade of serving beside my hubby. I love serving with him and find we complement each other perfectly! His strengths make up for my weaknesses and vice versa, plus, sharing a mission at home, in our community, and in our church gives us a great deal to talk--and pray!--about.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will prayerfully seek after and embrace their eternal purpose, because it is immensely fulfilling to do that which God created you to do.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  A driving theme in the novel is surrender. To discover God's best, Ainsley will have to surrender completely to Him. Though she longs to do this, the thought terrifies her because surrender means relinquishing control. As I wrote, I realized my actions can often be motivated by this same fear, but I also saw, through Ainsley's experiences, how wonderful it can be to just let go.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Francine Rivers has always been one of my favorite authors. I especially loved her Mark of the Lion series. Janet Oke was also a favorite. Now I'm a big Mary Conneally and Jenny B. Jones fan. Those girls are funny! And yet, they also write about some tough subjects like orphans, foster kids, and domestic violence.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Sure! I have another novel following this one, released by the same publisher. It's called "When Dawn Breaks" and is about a menopausal realtor displaced by a hurricane who encounters three children abandoned by their mother.

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