5 Stars Out Of 5
It's a great book!!!!
February 15, 2013
Marianne Evans has done it again---from page 1 of Search and Rescue, I was pulled into the story, and was able to relate to each character. Jenny--multiple jobs, trying to make ends meet, busy all the time....and a family issue that keeps her from a lot of things, including God.
Ryan--a devoted follower of Christ, a police officer--following his father's footsteps, more so after he was able to work through what happened to his dad, insightful and persistent--knows what he wants in life, and goes after it.
This is a great story of two people who meet and the things in life that we can either use to make us stronger and better people, or let them hold us back from being the completely whole person God created us to be. We all have baggage, a past, a present--something that shapes us, defines us....how we view that baggage is where we will end up---a better, stronger person in the Lord, or held back and stifled, not living up to our true potential.
Jenny has a mom and a dad. Normal life right? Normal except for the fact that her mom has bipolar disorder. As long as she's taking her medication, everything is grand. When she doesn't, that's when things fall apart. How can Jenny have her own life when she is constantly waiting for the next big crisis? She also doesn't feel it is fair to let someone into her life when things are confusing for her...how can they deal with that?
Ryan has a mom and a dad. Also a normal life right? He followed his father's career path, and chose to become a police officer. Oh, just a minor thing--his dad ended up being paralyzed in a single moment by a gunshot. He had to work through a lot of anger at his hero being affected by such a life-changing occurrence. It changed their relationship to be sure, but in the end, it strengthened it and helped them become the family they are now as they adjusted to a different type of life.
Jenny and Ryan meet at one of Jenny's jobs--as a waitress of Sal's Place. She ends up being on the wrong side of a robbery, and Ryan is the hero. Their relationship goes through much as Jenny wrestles with that big question---how can she commit to someone when her life is in such turmoil, and she's struggling with her mom? How can she ask someone to take on so much?
Ryan shows how Jenny just needs to put her faith and trust in the One who created her, and her mom, and just because her mom is bipolar, that doesn't mean that she will be nor does it have to consume her life. He put it to her very well, "I choose to live my life in the here and now because this-this moment-this day-is all we're guaranteed, and I'd rather be happy where God places me, live in gratitude for His presence and grace in each moment of my life, than to worry about what may or may not come to be in the days ahead." I think if everyone lived their lives this way, we would have a lot less problems in this world. Just some simple words to live by. It may not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but very wise words indeed.
This book is a testimony to how if we give our lives fully to God, He can indeed do beautiful things if we just let Him.
Please read this book, you won't be disappointed!!