Tuesday, September 17, 2013
He felt as if God has been just as honest with him, and he felt a warning deep down in his spirit. Yet it was a warning laced with grace, as if it was right to continue moving forward but necessary to walk very carefully as danger lurked around every bend.

Book: Glendale (The Glendale Series) (Volume 1) by Ann Goering, Covered Porch Publishing, 2011

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: Dating Relationships, Salvation, Relationships with family, divorce, Premarital Sex
Summary: Jessi knows one way and only one way of interacting with boys. And she knows that it works. But it isn’t working so well with Joe. In fact, it seems to push him away. But Jessi is hurting from her parents’ divorce and Joe has answers. Soon Joe finds himself facing a challenge as he becomes genuinely attracted to this girl who is so far from what he dreamed he would pursue someday. But neither of them are letting their previous ideas stop their emotions from running away and soon they have fallen so in love that they are willing to do anything for the other one – anything.
Notes: A story of young romance, Glendale is the first in a trilogy about a godly young man with dreams of being a pastor and a hurt, angry young woman who faces a bigger threat to Joe’s relationship with God than he believed possible. Joe tries the “missionary dating” hoping that his love will lead Jessi to the Lord but he just gets pulled down instead. This story does an excellent job of portraying someone genuinely walking with the Lord and the real temptations and hurts they can face. It does a good job showing the importance of being even more in love with Jesus than with a significant other. It’s clearly a self-published work – not because the story isn’t great but because of the layout of the book itself. It will have a line with Joe saying something and then at the end of it have a comment about Jessi, making you think it was what Jessi said rather than Joe. But as far as the story and the spiritual content go, I highly recommend it.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Revelations 2:3-4 – You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 


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