Need You Now is Beth Wiseman's first contemporary Christian novel. If you have enjoyed her Amish genre novels, then you will definitely enjoy this!
"When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.
Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.
Married life hasn't always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried them through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.
While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of Darlene's students starts paying more attention to her than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.
If Darlene ever needed God . . . it's now.
Experience a family's triumphant defeat over lies, betrayal, and loss
while still clinging to the One who matters most."
- Thomas Nelson Publisher
Beth Wiseman's groundbreaking contemporary novel not only delves into the complexities of marriage and family, but also our need to seek God's will in all we do. After moving the family into Darlene's late grandmother's home, the family slowly adjusts to small town life - or so they believe.
Need You Now opens the door to numerous issues which are plaguing our society. Beth gives us a peek into the world of cutting as a way to cope with stress. It is so skillfully written into the story that you find yourself praying for the character. As the concern for their daughter rises, Darlene and Brad find themselves drifting apart from each other... but for different reasons. Darlene begins receiving inappropriate attention from a single dad, while Brad lies to her by omission.
I had a difficult time putting this book down to go and do my chores. (Who needs a clean house, anyway?!?) Beth has given the characters depth to where you feel as though they are your friends. I love it when a book draws me in. But as the saying goes, "All good things come to an end." So there lies the problem. Need You Now made me smile and cry as the Hendersons walked through this time in their lives.
Pull up a chair and read this great novel that will stay with you long after you finish the last page!
I received a complimentary copy of Need You Now from Thomas Nelson / Handlebar Marketing and their BookSneeze program for this review.
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I got a chance to read this book and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
This book is about a family who goes through some struggles and has to rely on GOD and prayer to get some relief. The book is about a mom who has kids and to make extra money decides to take a job as a teacher. There she gets to meet some special need kids who she becomes close with and enjoys working as a teacher but realizes that her kids at home are struggling with things as well. Her daughter Grace cuts herself to get rid of the pain and her husband works long hours and is never home to make sure the family gets the money they deserve but because he is never there their marriage suffers as well. The mom Darlene also makes another surprising friend as well, her neighbor who used to be a famous celebrity but loses her daughter in a tragic way and had lost her relationship with GOD and with Darlene's help finds her relationship with GOD again.
The book is about family and love and praying and trusting in GOD when things go wrong because GOD is truly a caring GOD and when you put GOD first in your life then life seems to go more smoothly because GOD blesses you when you put him first in your life.
I like the author's statement when she says " Life can be a mess sometimes, and when that happens, our faith either get's stronger, or it takes a dive. I hope readers will close the book with a feeling of renewal and the certainty that there is no hardship that we can't conquer with GOD on our side. I hope this book will bring folks one step closer to Him."
Life may be tough and can throw us for a loop sometimes but if we do not talk to GOD and pray to him we may feel alone yet we never are. GOD is always there for us if we just reach out and call to him. And one thing I truly believe is, we may not always get what we want in life but we always get what we prayer for because GOD knows whats best for us and without him life would be crazy and with GOD we can get relief.
I only have one problem with the book and that is that people believe that when you die that Jesus or GOD takes you into heaven to be his angel that is not true at all. When you die, you are conscious of nothing. You are simply sleeping. You can find that in the scripture Eccl. 9:5: "The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all." This misconception about GOD upsets me because GOD is a loving GOD who cares for each of us and would never do that. That's why I have a few scriptures I find comforting that show that GOD does not cause suffering. James 1:13 says " When under trial, let no one say I am being tried by GOD , for with evil things GOD cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone." Another good scripture is Isaiah 25:8 which reads " He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all earth for Jehovah himself has spoken it."
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.
I stayed up late to finish, "Need You Now", and closed the last page with tears. This novel is so different from anything I have read from Beth Wiseman that it took me by surprise. I love her Amish Fiction, but this one really hit home.
It opens our heart to home, family and finding solace in a world that surges on perfection. The characters were so real and the writing so easy to follow. It just flowed. Not just the words, but the scenes before me.
We hide our hurts just as this family does and through their trials we see God's grace.
I loved watching these characters grow and find their way in a place they once weren't too sure about it, but now feels like home. Beth Wiseman faces issues of marriage, friendship, trust and teenage reality head on in her latest gem.
I loved the story line and all that this book holds. The message is pure and without a doubt shows us how God can bring beauty to ash.
This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for it's review.
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I have read a number of Beth Wiseman's books, I really like her style of writing. She has a way of not only pulling you into the story but she makes you feel like you are a part of the story as well.
In Need You Now, which is totally different than any of her Amish stories, Beth accomplishes to make you feel for each of her characters and live their lives.
Written in contemporary times, about contemporary people who deal with the problems everyone else does, Need You Now, looks at and invites you into the lives of Darlene, her husband Brad, and their three children.
Brad and Darlene move their family out of the big city into a small town, Round Up, Texas, because one of their children was headed for big trouble and going down the wrong path.
The adjustment isn't easy for any of them, especially for their oldest daughter, Grace. And Darlene is starting to go a bit stir crazy, so she decided to get a part-time job; with her husband's blessing.
Darlene working, Grace coping in dangerous ways, Brad getting grumpy and out of sorts, Chad the teenage son, and Ansley, a special daughter... all lead to a story that will make you laugh, cry, pray, and thankful that God does work in mysterious ways to bring us through all of our times of difficulties and trials. Even though we may turn our back on Him, He is always there, waiting, for us to say, "Need You Now."
Thank you to The B & B Media Group and Thomas Nelson, who provided this book for review purposes. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Darlene and Brad were concerned about the safety of their children so they moved their family from Houston to a small town, taking over the fixer-upper farm left to Darlene by her grandparents. The adjustment is difficult. Brad has a long commute. The kids have a difficult time adjusting to their new schools.
Darlene gets to know their neighbor, Layla, a middle aged woman managing a ranch by herself. Brad recognizes Layla as a movie star who left the Hollywood scene several years ago. As Darlene and Layla form a tentative friendship, Layla's hurt over the suicide of her bipolar teen-aged daughter comes to the surface. Layla is mad at God for the loss of her daughter and the marriage that could not be held together.
Darlene's own world begins to fall apart when she finds out that her middle daughter is a cutter, using a self-damaging way of coping with stress. The tension in her marriage increases. Then, when she overhears Brad's end of a phone conversation, she wonders if he is having an affair.
Darlene struggles with her relationship to God. She struggles with her feelings toward an attractive man who is obviously attracted to her. She feels she has lost her family's support. Who can she turn to? Even God seems far away.
Wiseman has written a great novel that kept my attention through to the end. The plot is thought provoking. Who would I turn to if my world fell apart? How would my relationship with God be affected? Would I question God's will? Would I accuse Him of punishing me with?
I learned about cutting and how many teens are turning to it as a means of using one pain as a way to distract from another. Darlene had taken a job (another source of tension in the marriage) and works with a high-functioning autistic girl. So I also learned about autism too.
Wiseman's characters are well done. I easily identified with their hurt and subsequent questions about God and His will for their lives.
The end of the novel might require you keep some tissues nearby, but don't worry, there is also glorious hope.
Thomas Nelson has made the first have of the novel available in e-book format for just 99 cents. You can go here to find out more. The entire novel will be available mid-Arpil.
Beth Wiseman is a noted author of novels about the Amish. This is her first contemporary setting. I do hope she writes more in this style. She was an award winning journalist when, through a personal crisis in her own life, her faith was so strengthened her agent suggested she write a Christian novel. She left journalism behind in 2008 to become a full-time writer of Amish fiction. She was the 2010 INSPY Award winner, 2011 Carol Award winner (American Christian Fiction Writers), and the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award Winner.
To find out more about Beth and watch a video showing why she wrote this novel, go to her website.
I received an egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.