Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Love Lifted Me {Review}

The latest in the Songbird series by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck, Love Lifted Me continues the tale of Max and Jade Benson, attorney escaping his drug addiction and the wife who stands beside him.  As Max returns from rehab where he's found his strength in Christ, he finds that he no longer fits in the high profile law career that he's known for so long.  A high school football coaching job appears and the family decides to make the move.  But not before a mysterious stranger confronts Jade with news that could rip her son away from her.

Authors Evans and Hauck weave a story based on trust, faith, and honesty that eventually save a marriage, a career, and a community.  Max and Jade speak openly and freely about their relationship with Christ and how it's what keeps them together and eventually heals their marriage.  The only thing that bothered me about the book were the intimate romance details.  Although the feelings described are natural in any marriage (and not too graphic), they seemed out of place, as if they were included to reach a broader audience.  The themes of faith and God's sovereignty were strong enough to carry this book without the typical romance novel elements.

Written as part of a series, Love Lifted Me is easily read on it's own.  This is Texas high school football meets southern hospitality at it's finest.  The beginning was slow, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down.

*Disclaimer: I received this book as a part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program.  I was not required to post a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

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