This is the first book I've read by Sarah Jakes. The title really caught my attention as I haven't seen much about Mary. As Jakes concludes, we can learn a lot about Mary from Christ's testimony. Often times we can learn about the parents by the character of their children. It's a good premise, but Jakes falls short of reaching her goal.
Dear Mary is essentially a collection of letters to Mary in which Jakes tries to relate her parenting journey to Mary's. While there's parallels to be drawn in every parenting journey, Jakes seems to be reaching. While I was hoping to read fresh insight into Mary's character, this is more a deep look into the author's own character and struggles.
The truth is Jakes does have a lot to offer in the way of insight and encouragement. For any mom struggling in parenthood, she shares stories to encourage all of us. She speaks truthfully about how her own poor choices sent her down a rough path, but the Lord extended grace and redeemed her story.
While this book wasn't what I expected, it was encouraging. But if you're looking for deeper insight into Mary's parenting journey, this isn't the book.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.