Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Every Good and Perfect Gift

Author: Sharon K. Souza
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 978-1-60006-175-2
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Gabby Whitaker has been friends with DeeDee McAllister since they were eleven years old and almost ran into each other on their bikes. DeeDee has the stronger personality, and Gabby was swept along in her wake. Twenty years later, Gabby and DeeDee are still best friends, married to men who are best friends, but DeeDee is about to turn life on a tailspin.

When DeeDee decides she wants a baby, everyone is shocked. After all, she’s always said she never wants children. And now, she’s forty years old. Conceiving is a chore, that doesn’t work according to DeeDee’s time schedule, and Gabby must find the strength to walk with DeeDee down a road she never wanted to go. Especially when Dee starts developing some strange symptoms and blaming them on hormones.

EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT is about friendship. Every woman needs a friend like Gabby. She was always there for DeeDee, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, and even supported DeeDee’s harebrained schemes. As Gabby is a pastor’s daughter, the faith message is strong, but not preachy. It is absolutely amazing to believe that EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT is a debut novel. It is strong, powerfully written, gripping from page one, and a story that will stay with you for a long time.

EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT is an absolutely wonderful book. Filled with strong characters, and a powerful message, this is not a book to pick up, glance at, and put back on the shelf. This book begs to be read, shared, and pondered over. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in 2008. Don’t miss it. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $12.99. 367 pages.

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