"Before the crossÃ¢â¬Â tendencies meets grace & love
July 21, 2011
The Phone Tree Edifier
Faithful presents the story of three women who must face diverse trials and stages of growth. It gives a realistic account of what so very often happens to women. "Before the cross" tendencies meet "in the grace" moments for a super-charged drama that will have you turning the page for more. Read this book and you will find a fresh perspective on faith, fellowship, and friendship.
What? A pastor performs a marriage ceremony for two church members who are sleeping together before marriage? There is no mention of premarital counseling or much concern from bride's family about the premarital relations. No realizing before marriage that the "living together" was immoral; therefore, repentance and separation before marriage.
Another what? One character decides only a few months are needed to decide that a "player" has permanently changed? Initially while dating her he's sleeping with his "girlfriend" Not enough time to establish that his was a heart-for-God change and not just a I-want-you change.
Every character dealing with unfaithfulness at the same time? Very unrealistic!
I recently read the book called Faithful by Kim Cash Tate. This book was about a group of women best friends in different stages of their lives. Each one searching for a different meaning in their life and coping with and dealing with all the events occurring in and around their lives. This book had drama and romance from a Christian perspective. Faithful reads fast and easy and draws the reader in to find out what happens in the end. Each character has qualities that I feel we can all relate to in some way and all wonder how she will deal with it and how she will rely on God to find her way.
I enjoyed the book Faithful and would read it again. It was somewhat predictable in some ways, but in a comforting way. I appreciated being able to read the romance part of the book from a Christian perspective. I could feel how the characters were feeling and their interactions and relationships felt genuine to me while reading. The author portrayed 3 different women in 3 different life stages but yet connected them so tightly as well, helping us to remember we are all in this together. We can encourage and strengthen one another as Christian women.
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What happens when your promises to stay pure meet real life? That's what three friends find out after they make a covenants to each other and God in Kim Cash Tate's Faithful.
It's been forty years for Cydney as she acts as the maid of honor for her little sister's wedding... holding flowers, with still no man in her life. She had dreams for an amazing married life and a great family but no dice. Why would God make it so tough for to wait for the right man? And now Mr. Wrong is knocking on her door...
Then her friend Dana has the perfect marriage only to find out that her husband has someone on the side and she falls apart. And then Phyllis is married to a man who doesn't share her faith, but after years of prayer he still hasn't come around. Then an old friend who is just the Christian guy she's always hoped for comes along and creates a dilemma.
Tate doesn't compromise any standards in this novel of hope and disillusionment but also doesn't tone life down any. This is a story about staying true in the midst of the grit and hardship of life. A great addition to the Women of Faith Fiction line.
We have formed a book club at my church and this book was chosen by our leader. It is not one that I would ordinarily have chosen but really enjoyed it. It is an easy read and moves along without referring back to past events too many times. We will be discussing the book January 29th.