My goal this summer is to do more reading and so far I have been doing a good job about that. But normally I read Historical Fiction. I love history so those are more my style. But I wanted to try something new this time. So I received a copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble.
You may have read some of Colleen’s other books such as her Journey of the Heart series and even a kids book called The Blessings Jar. I personally have not because, again, I normally stick with historical fiction. But I thought I would try her new book. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge.
First of all- Let me start by saying that by talking about this book doesn’t mean I am having issues in my marriage. But as I have learn in the almost 12 years of being married- a couple can always grow and learn and better themselves. No one is perfect, and no marriage is perfect. So there is always room for improvement and to grow. And if you have God involved that growth will become your most amazing adventure yet.
Now that summer break is upon us I am looking forward to doing some reading. I started out with the new book with Jep and Jessica Robertson. First I love watching Duck Dynasty. It is one of the few shows out there that actually show a family having fun with out being vulger. I also love how they stand up for their values. So I thought this book would be interesting to read. But it was different than I thought it would be.
The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God is a book about some trials that Jep and Jessica Robertson went through both on their own, and as a couple. It starts with talking about their childhoods, how they grew up. Then it goes into the struggles, from Jep’s addiction to Jessica’s struggle with self worth. The beginning of each chapter has a title with who is telling the story. That way it is easy to follow. It talks about the falls, the being lifted, most importantly- the forgiving. That is the part that stands out to me most:
“But since she is a child of God Almighty, she is forgiven…………………..She is forgiven, and her sins have been washed clean by the blood of Christ.”
To me that hit home. We all have our sins, no one is perfect- but as we become Children of God and accept him as our Savior- we are forgiven.
While reading through this I honestly felt like I was sitting in a room with them just having a conversation. I could not put it down. The way they told their side of the story was easy to follow as if they are just talking to each other. The other thing that captivated me was their struggles. I know it sounds weird but while reading it I sat there thinking how I could seriously relate. It was full of honesty and love. But it is how they over came their struggles. At one point Jessica talked about their marriage by putting it clearly “God must be the center of our marriage” and later refers to God being the glue in the relationship. I flashed back to my own at times rocky marriage and thought- yes that is true! Only once we allowed God into our home more than what we were did our marriage suffer. Her chapter on forgiveness is one of the most powerful ones in my opinion.
This book is truly an inspirational book. When reading through it I felt as if I could over come anything just like they did. You can sense their love for God above all, but their love for each other. You get a sense of hope, love and you want to have the relationship with God that they have. I highly recommend reading the book as one of your summer reads!
You can purchase your copy of The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God from Family Christian Stores. The book will be released June 23rd so get your pre-order in today!
~ I received an advance copy of the book in order to facilitate an honest review. The above thoughts are my own an honest opinions!~
This week is National Police week. It starts tomorrow (May 10th) and will end on May 16th. This is a week where we honor, and thank those who are serving and those we have lost in the line of duty.
Last year the nation lost 127 officers in the line of duty. This year- we are already at 42 fallen heros. It is a hard time for the men and women in blue. So I like to try to show those in our area how I appreciate them and appreciate that they have my husbands back. Last year we made some really cute “Police Survival” goody bags. They had some candy like Life Savers, Mounds, ect… And they all had really cute sayings to go with them. We had a brunch to kick off police week and then a dinner mid week.