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5 Stars Out Of 5
July 1, 2008
This 4 book set has been great. I have had a hard time putting the books down. So much of what these books are about are situations I have found myself in, so they have really been not only "fun", but a "therpy" session to some extent!!
I have been eagerly reading all the books in this series, though out of order. I've been moved many times throughout. One thing I appreciate about the books is we have real people with real life issues. They aren't fairy tale books; they have meat in them and people can relate. It shows Christians have struggles and that we don't always handle everything the way we should. Despite our failings, God is able to intervene, take a disappointment or bad situation, and use it for good.As each book does, this focuses on one of four families and yet continues the stories of the other three. Cathy, Mark, Rick and Annie are the main focus. Cathy is about to celebrate her engagement shower with family and friends when something happens which will shatter her world at first. A knock on the door brings the unbelieveable news that her youngest child, Mark, was arrested for possession and distribution of drugs. He was caught red-handed, trying to sell to an undercover police officer.Cathy is terribly shaken at first and calls off her wedding with Steve. Mark finds himself at a juvenile detention center for a year. His mother should be able to stop all of this, he thinks as he places blame on everyone but himself for his plight. It takes awhile, but little by little the reader will start to see victories amidst the struggles. How it ends, when Mark returns home after serving his sentence is absolutely wonderful. The prodigal son indeed!I rated this one a little lower than the other two I've reviewed so far because I was disappointed that there wasn't more about Annie's year on the missionary field with Sylvia and Harry. It would have been good to have included more from this. The book was wrapping up too quickly for me as I neared the end and saw there was no way the authors could have included more details in the few pages that remained. Despite how I felt about this, I very much enjoyed the book.