This book reminds me that if the reason to get into a committed relationship is wrong, it's better not to get into it. For once we are in a relationship, it's harder to try to change and it's almost impossible to get out for God do not permit divorces!! And if we are not married, there's a part of us that has been given to the other person. And with us knowing it or not, the damage has already been done.
Secondly, it's always important to be truthful with each other before considering a committed relationship. For a relationshio that's build on falsehood is bound to fail. Family is always more important than spouse, for when we bring another person into a messed up family, it only gets worst. It's better to sort the family issues before proceeding until you know you are able to handle the situation.
Thirdly, God made us each a masterpiece. It's ok if you are different than others. The more important question is, are you doing God's will? Are you pleasing Him? Are you being yourself, the one God created you as? I believe when we can honestly say yes, that's when we will have the joy and peace flow out from the bottom of our hearts.
Last but not least, the west always bring a lot of mental pictures to me. The difficulty and hardship all year through but the satisfaction at the end of the year to see what you have achieved and that you can be a blessing to the people around. It's my dream to raise godly offsprings and leave a legacy.
As the story starts out, a bride bent on marrying into a loveless relationship to prove herself to her mother is quite a different perspective for this era. Most girls dreamed of love but never expected to find it due to arranged marriage within her "social" circle. Then here is Deborah encouraging her friend to walk away from this horrible idea of a marriage and one day hope to find true love. What great stories are made of!
Now, Deborah is a girl after my own heart. Mistakely obligated to care for her family's business when no one expected it of her but herself....lol :) Oh how we get certain ideas stuck in our heads and allow them to control us! God is so good & gracious as we blunder along. Praise the Lord for that!
I look forward to the following book to see how Tracie Peterson revels a change in perspective for Deborah that I am sure is to come. Will she find true love for herself at last? I am sure we will find out!!!! :)
I loved this book. I went to the library and got the other 2 books in this series. It also promted me to look into other books by Tracie Peterson. I am know starting to read another series by her. Good, christian stories about love, family and trials of daily life.