Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: Amazing Love

Amazing Love is a book of a curious kind ~ written a a christian, fiction style with drugs, sex and prostitution thrown in.  I received this e-book for review and I can tell you, this book conjured up feelings of surprise, mostly from myself!

Amazing Love is a contemporary version of the Hosea and Gomer story from the Bible.

Gabe Knight, a pastor in a small coastal town, finds his life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she's inherited from her aunt. Dee dashes his plans for wedded bless when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she's the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.

Gabe falls in love with her, but can't believe he's hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him. 

Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing to sacrifice for his children.

While this book is a quick read, K. Dawn Byrd develops a story that draws you right in.  I cheered when Gabe never faltered from his relationship with God nor turned away from the one woman he deemed God meant for him to love and marry.  Love like his for Dee doesn't come along very often.  The characters in this book are so rich and colorful.   Dee will have you combinedly want to say "You can do it, girl!" and "what is wrong with you!"  Their love remains strong, and Dee is constantly put through many trials, even after marriage - from the jealously of Tricia, to the sad loss, to returning to prostitution - and this book should be considered as mature material only.  

Above all things, the message that I walked away with from this book:  Do 
not judge.  Proverbs 31:9 taught us: "Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy."  And that's just what Gabe did for Dee, showing amazing love indeed.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Amazing Love by K. Dawn Byrd to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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