Tuesday, March 24, 2015

One Last Thing by Rebecca St James and Nancy Rue

A hope-filled soon-to-be bride makes a discovery about her fiance that rocks her world and provokes a maelstrom of decisions and self-discovery.

Tara Faulkner has dreamed of her wedding and the life she and her fiance Seth will share in their hometown of Savannah . . . and by all accounts, it should be a charmed one. But when she discovers three weeks before the wedding that Seth is seriously addicted to pornography, Tara's dreams are shattered.

She must decide whether she will stand by Seth, but she also must let go of the dream she shaped for herself and discover a real vision for her life--and where it will come from. With all else falling apart, Tara encounters an unexpected--and unlikely--group of women mentors. They help her peel back the layers of shaming secrets and begin to clearly see the real issues of her generation.

In the end, she's able to make a decision based on God's vision--not her own.

My review:
  It is a brave author, or in this case, authors, who take on a subject like pornography. I applaud their decision, as it is something that affects a lot of marriages and relationships, and many Christian marriages and relationships. 

 Although fictional, this is a scenario that has most likely happened to a young girl on the brink of marriage - finding out her fiancee' is addicted to pornography. Sadly, if most women find out, it is after the vows have been said.

 This is a story, not a "what to do if you find your fiancee'' is addicted to pornography" advice book, yet the book does present a good idea of how to handle it, and how not to handle it. 

 I liked the characters and felt for them, even Seth, the porn addict, who has suddenly had his secret pulled into the light and realizes he could lose the woman he loves. I won't give the ending away, but I wish the book had ended differently, but it was still a great read and dealt in a great way with such a topic.

About the authors:

Rebecca St. James, an Australian-born Christian recording artist, is both a Grammy Award winner and a multiple Dove Award recipient. She is also the bestselling author of Wait for Me, SHE Teen, and What is He Thinking. In addition, St. James has appeared in the film Sarah's Choice and lent her voice to VeggieTales' An Easter Story. www.rsjames.com

Nancy Rue is the author of over 100 books for adults and teens, including the Christy Award-winning The Reluctant Prophet, Unexpected Dismounts and Healing Waters (with Steve Arterburn), which was the 2009 Women of Faith Novel of the Year. She travels extensively—at times on the back of a Harley—speaking to and teaching groups of women of all ages. Nancy lives on a lake in Tennessee with her Harley-ridin’ husband, Jim, and their two yellow Labs (without whom writing would be difficult).

One Last Thing is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing. 

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for the review copy.