Bitter Rose Color Me Crushed

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
“But seriously, why did she have to go and ruin everything? Why is she so horrible and mean and selfish?” And now the tears are flooding down my cheeks again, and all I can think is that I hate my mom. She makes me sick! And I know I will never, never forgive her for this!

Book: Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed (TrueColors Series #8) by Melody Carlson, Nav Press 2006
  Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 13-19
Subjects: Divorce, Family relationships, Dating Relationships, Adultery
Summary: Doesn’t anyone stay married anymore? Maggie thought her parents, out of all people, would be the ones to stay committed to their marriage! All their talk about being born again and wedding vows being kept “till death do us part” and such. And yet her dad is gone. Maggie goes back and forth between being furious at her mom and being furious at her dad. Together, they are making choices that are destroying Maggie’s life!
Notes: This is one the books in the True Colors series, a set of books showing major issues teens today have to face. The character is thrown into the situation and someone in the story shows them how God would have someone respond to the situation. In this story, a girl whose parents are divorcing is caught in the middle of the battles. Adultery and unforgiveness are ruling the lives of both of her parents and consequently, Maggie’s life as well. Maggie has to learn what it means to forgive, something that can only be done with the strength of God. An aunt encourages her to turn back to God, to start praying again and Maggie finds herself in Church, hearing a sermon on forgiveness and realizes she needs to forgive both of her parents for the pain they’ve caused her. Divorce is certainly condemned in this story, but more than focusing on divorce, the focus is on forgiveness and choosing to love those who have wronged you.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Luke 6:37 – Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.


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