Her: an up-and-coming Christian writer and speaker on marriage.
Together: a marriage tumbling out of control.
In Desert gift, Sally John introduces us to Jack, the doctor, and Jill, the motivational speaker. Throughout their 24 years of marriage, Jill has been honing her gift of communication. She has been studying marriages and relationships, interviewing experts in this field, and speaking on the topic on radio, at women's conferences and Sunday school.Ã¯Â»Â¿ Now - just as her first book tour is about to begin - Jack informs her that he wishes a divorce!
Sally John has brought a difficult topic to the table. How many Christian marriages end because of non-communication or miscommunication? As we watch Jill unpack the many truths about her own shortcomings, we can take a few steps back and examine our own hearts. Through the introduction of different characters, Jill is finally able to admit her faults/sins, seek God on a truly intimate level, and ask His forgiveness. All the while, Jack is realizing that his life is not all that he thought is was.
I enjoyed Desert gift and the chance it gave me to examine my own heart and motives. I could relate to the characters and the difficulties they found themselves in. I did have a hard time with the names chosen, Jack and Jill. I feel the author could have chosen more appropriate names for the main characters. Sally John did play on the nursery rhyme throughout the book.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
I received a complimentary copy of Desert gift from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.
I just finished Desert Gift by Sally John and it was one of those books where I read other reviews on this book and went ahead and picked this to read. I got this book free from Tyndale Publishers for my honest opinion. So my honest opinion is: it was just ok. I struggled with the plot-very uninteresting and way too long. The book and plot seemed to drag on forever till I got to the end. The characters seemed so trite and focused on themselves which got tiring after a while.
The story plot about Jillian Galloway being a successful radio talk show host and known as a marriage expert. She has a new book out and is leaving on a book tour when her husband tells her he wants a divorce. She is wondering if her whole life is a sham and how can she get her marriage back. This is supposed to be a book about unexpected detours that our lives can take and how God is always at work. There was some of that but mostly I felt the book just rambled on and on. Very seldom do I not like a Christian book and I am sure she is a great author, but this book left me relieved when I turned the last page.
I recently finished the book, Desert Gift, by Sally John. This book is a part of John's series, Side Roads. The main character of this book, Jillian Galloway, is a popular marriage expert, who is on the brink of even greater acclaim. She has a large radio following and a newly published book. Marriage expert though she may be, her own marriage appears to have fallen apart, as the book begins with her husband asking her for a divorce. The story follows Jillian and her husband as they seek to find new footing in this phase of their lives.
I wanted to like this book, but I did not. While some of the characters were well developed and showed authentic depth, the character of Jillian's husband, Jack, was a critically weak link to the whole story. I could neither relate to his responses to the situation that he caused, nor find his character even believable. He came off as shallow and nearly, if this could be possible as a main character, as an afterthought. He simply made little sense in this story, yet by virtue of his position in the story, could not be overlooked. For me the character of Jack ruined the story.
Jillian Galloway is nationally known marriage expert with a radio show and a just-published book about marriage. She is at the top of her career and home life, or so she thinks. Then, her husband drops the bombshell that he wants a divorce. Immediately, Jill's personal life and career begin to fall apart. She works to determine what part she played in the breakdown of the marriage that she thought was good as she fights for the future of her marriage, struggles with the knowledge that her ministry to couples may be nothing but a fraud, and learns to truly submit to God.
I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning finishing this book. It was filled with raw emotion, from fear to despair to hope. I lived along with Jill as she searched to find out who she really was and worked to heal past family relationships. Ultimately, this was a book about heartache and conflict, but more so, a story of hope. Having lived through a similiar situation myself, I found it very realistic. The novel was filled with insights and truths that I could apply to my own life. A great read!
I received a free review copy of this book from Tyndale House. All opinions are my own.
This book is about Jill and Jack Galloway. Jill is a marriage expert with books she written on the subject and her own talk show. Jack is a doctor who has been a willing guinea pig and subject for her books on how to have a successful christian marriage. The problem comes as Jack decides one day he wants out of their marriage. Jill has to deal with many issues as she struggles with the realization that she doesn't have all the answers after all and how this will effect her career and her life as a christian. Topics covered are forgiveness, being real with God and others.
This book is long and seem to drag on in places. It was difficult to get into the book at first because it seem to never get anywhere but once it started to move on it did start to get interesting. This book is not for everyone but does show us that there are no easy answers to marital problems and that we can only work on ourselves as our spouses work on their own issues.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.