One Last Thing  -     By: Rebecca St. James
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Thomas Nelson / 2015 / Paperback

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Tara Faulkner has dreamed of her wedding and the life she and her fiance Seth will share in their hometown of Savannah . . . and by all accounts, it should be a charmed one. But when she discovers three weeks before the wedding that Seth is seriously addicted to pornography, Tara's dreams are shattered.

She must decide whether she will stand by Seth, but she also must let go of the dream she shaped for herself and discover a real vision for her life-and where it will come from. With all else falling apart, Tara encounters an unexpected-and unlikely-group of women mentors. They help her peel back the layers of shaming secrets and begin to clearly see the real issues of her generation.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 1401689272
ISBN-13: 9781401689278
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Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.

Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy-tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.

Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.

Author Bio

Rebecca St. James, an Australian born Christian recording artist, is both a Grammy Award winner and multiple Dove Award recipient. She is also the bestselling author of  Wait for Me, SHE Teen, and What Is He Thinking. She has appeared in the film Sarah’s Choice and provided a voice in VeggieTales An Easter Story.

 

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

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'Richly developed characters and an engaging plot result in a compelling read that will stay with readers long after the book is finished. Recommended for fans of Francine Rivers and patrons seeking an inspirational story . . .'
'. . . the timely topic of pornography and its effects on a relationship are meaningful. More than an 'issue' book, it also explores truth and lies – both those told to others and the ones people tell themselves.'

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A daring approach to an unnoticed addiction...
    April 28, 2015
    M.E. Barrineau
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    St. James and Rues third novel together addresses an apparent non-issue in todays society; a 60 billion dollar per year industry (12 to 14 billion in the United States) that is not considered a mental health diagnosis or disorder in the DSMV, and is barely recognized as an addiction by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. An issue implied in television advertising for auto insurance and auto buying services, an issue considered art on some college campuses and supported in film making programs, an issue that entices young women to demean themselves into believing they are actresses. An issue rarely addressed by the pulpit.

    Set in Savannahs historic district three weeks prior to the destined to be fairy tale marriage of Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom, childhood friends from well to do families, the story takes us through Taras startling discovery about Seth-a secret that could postpone or cancel the wedding.

    After an unnecessary argument over where the sofa should be placed in the couples soon-to be-townhome, Tara leaves Seth for a meeting with her bridesmaids. Afterwards, Tara decides to stop by the townhouse to surprise Seth, no easy task, and make up. Seth, son of the pastor of one of Savannahs largest congregations, and newly promoted CFO of Great Commission Ministries, is found at his computer viewing and participating in cyber porn. Tara is horrified and disintegrated at the discovery and runs from the house, her dreams shattered.

    What to do next begins Taras journey of self-discovery and re-found faith. The secret has been discovered, Seth lies about seeking help for his addiction, and the wedding is called off. Seth is outed by an unknown source, both families are shamed. Tara literally stumbles in front of a source of comfort (a recovering porn addict minister) and is aided by a group of older women collectively known as The Watch The rest is your discovery.

    I found the characters a bit unbelievable at first. Rich kids wanting for nothing. The authors were able to bring them down to the readers level smoothly. The descriptions of Savannah read like a travel guide and I feel like I could walk the streets and find the places Tara walked easily.

    This book is a powerful example of how pornography addiction affects relationships and society, and does exist in an unnoticing world. Reflection questions and resources are provided by the authors

    My biggest disappointment in this book was learning that the primary promotion of it is the responsibility of the authors, not the publishers.
  2. New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exceptional tale of contemporary issues
    April 6, 2015
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tara Faulkner is marring Seth Grissom: her brothers best friend, the son of their pastor, and the guy shes loved for ten years. But they have a strange argument three weeks before the wedding, and when she returns to discuss it with Seth, she finds him doing something awful. He promises hell change and never do it again, and she wants to believe him. After all, the alternative is cancelling the wedding. But when she finds he lied, she does just thatbut he makes her promise not to tell anyone why, which leaves her dealing with all the fallout, not least two families blaming her for the cancellation.

    One Last Thing is written entirely in first person point of view from Taras viewpoint. This normally only works for complex characters, and Tara wasnt complex, at least not in the beginning. She was the perfect pampered Southern princess, and while she hasnt lived an entirely sheltered life, her family is financially stable and shes always been given the best of everything. She attends church with her family, but there was little indication she had any personal faith: something thats normally a must in Christian romance.

    At first I was a little frustrated that Seth, a Christian man who worked for a mission organisation, was planning to marry a woman who had little or no personal faith of her own. But as the novel progressed, Tara began to search for God and it explained why Seth was prepared to be unequally yoked. The explanation was misogynistic, hypocritical (or possibly both), but it worked, and it worked without making me feel as though my emotions were being manipulated. Thats strong writing.

    The more Tara digs into Seths issues, the more she finds out, and the more secrets she has to keep from her friends, her family, and from Seths family. The only person who has any sympathy for her is Seths younger sisterwhos seen as a troublemaker. She is helped in her troubled journey by a disparate group of ladies she meets while working in a local coffee shopher first-ever job.

    Tara slowly discovers Seths issues, and strangely, this allows us to move from repugnance to sympathy for his problems while still acknowledging Tara did the right thing. Seth acknowledges that he has to take responsibility for his own actions, especially when they have hurt others, and I see this as a positive thing.

    Publisher Thomas Nelson has caught some criticism recently for publishing books with inappropriate content for a Christian novel. I suspect theyll catch a little more over One Last Thing, from people who would like to believe this kind of thing never happens to proper Christians. I wish it didnt, but it does, and One Last Thing does an excellent job in sensitively fictionalising a growing problem in society. Its not easy reading, and its not nice. But it is real. Unfortunately.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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