I received a complimentary copy of the eBook, Cherished by Kim Cash Tate through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze program. I am not required to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
Brian and Kelli have a sorted past that ended with broken hearts and broken dreams. When Kelli's family convinces her to move home, she is forced to deal with the issues that she had been avoiding for seven years.
Personally, I loved Cherished. It is a book that is fully ground in Christianity but is not a typical Christian Fiction book. So many times, I feel a bit preached to when reading Christian Fiction. This story is about flawed, real characters dealing with issues that vary from abortion to adultery, to tarnished reputations and trying to find God's voice in all their situations. In addition to a great, easy to read plot, the book reminds readers about the importance of listening for God in all situations. Praying whole heartily, and trusting that there is always a bigger plan in motion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Kim Cash Tate.
As soon as I started reading this story, I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. Kelli London is a single woman who just graduated from a Texas college and is looking for a job. She is back to her hometown of Saint Louis with her family when her brother gets married. Kelli originally dreamed of being a songwriter but that dream died years ago when things didn't work out with her boyfriend, Brian, and she made choices that she has regretted ever since. Heather Anderson has also made some choices in her life that she regrets--an affair with a married man and a one-night stand with a Christian rock band drummer named Ace. Through Kelli's sister-in-law, the two women get together and form a friendship. Together, they discover how much God can work in their lives regardless of their past choices--and even have dreams come true.
This is the first book by this author that I've read, although she has written others. I liked how the author depicted the importance of discipling new believers and spiritual accountability so that Kelli and Heather had someone to help them grow spiritually. Throughout the storyline, the characters connected with God and each other as they faced life struggles. I also liked the reading group questions at the end. I found them helpful to think through some of the things I was reflecting on in my own life as I read Cherished. I think this book could be especially useful for someone who is struggling with some of their own past issues.
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How can she believe God cherishes her when she can't forgive herself?Â
Kelli London once dreamed of being a songwriter. As crazy as it seemed, she hoped that God would use the lyrics that came to her while she slept. She dreamed about Brian too, that the love they shared would be a forever kind of love. But choices she'll forever regret upended her hope . . . and turned her dreams to dust. When those dreams come knocking once more, she's forced to deal with the pain of the past.Â
Heather Anderson's life has spun out of controlâ€”first, an affair with a married man, then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band that left her devastated. Broken and alone, she cried out to the only One who can save her. And He did. But that's just the beginning, because now she must leave behind the only life she's ever known.Â
Two women with shame-filled pasts form an unlikely friendship. What does God's forgiveness look like for them? Will they ever believe that He loves them . . . and can still offer them a life where they are cherished?Â
This book dealt with some serious issues. It explored the practical side of living in the light of God's forgiveness, while never forgetting the seriousness of sin or the consequences of that sin.
As with most books, problems that would take years to solve in real life were solved much faster and I'm not sure if a typical Christian would have responded in the manner that the characters in the book did.
I found this book hard to get into and read but have read other reviews that show how much other readers loved this book.
This is the first book I've read by Kim Cash Tate - it was also my first time reading an e-book version (not my favorite way of getting into a good read - I'll always be a print book fan). The story drew me into the intertwined lives of her main characters. This story could very well be the story of any one of us - we all make life choice mistakes, some more serious than others, but we've all made them. This is a light read with heavy messages. The story weaves it's way around the three main characters, who've all made poor life choices with lasting consequences - each of the characters deals with them in unique ways that are not always healthy ways. These characters form an unlikely friendship. They learn what God's forgiveness really is and that once they can learn to forgive themselves that anything is possible. This story shows how, if we humble ourselves before God, He will allow us to experience great healing in our brokenness before Him. My only disappointment with this story was the number of 'coincidences' and too many instantly answered prayers. Yes, God can instantly answer prayers, but that's not always the case. Overall, there was feeling of unrealistic expectations in the speed of answered prayers. It's a good read nonetheless.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This book explores the lives of two women who have strayed from their faith after devastating personal events. At the beginning of the story, they are not living the life God desires for them and are floundering in their careers. They come in contact with each other through a mutual friend/family member who encourages and mentors them. The two women become close friends with each other and learn through events in each of their lives to fully embrace God's grace and mercy. They also begin to love God wholeheartedly and place their dreams in His hands. By the end of the story, there are amazing and unexpected things happening in each of their lives!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as there is romance mixed with suspense in the plot. As you read, you feel as if the main characters could be your own dear friends and family. It encourages you to reflect on God's grace and mercy in your own life, asking yourself if there's anything in your past holding you back from loving God wholeheartedly now. My only criticism with the book is that there are quite a few sub-characters introduced in a short amount of time which may lead to confusion later in the story when they are referenced in the plot. The story is not thoroughly predictable, which makes for an enjoyable read you don't want to put down.
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