I’ve been looking forward to this review for weeks. I love when authors tackle difficult subjects and don’t pretend that people wearing the name of Christ always remember that and act like it.
However, as I started reading this book, I instantly became uncomfortable. Still, sometimes we have to see a little ugliness to appreciate the beauty.
If only that ugliness didn’t have to be quite so vivid. I don’t want the kind of details I’m given about what goes on in the privacy of someone’s bedroom even if it is “off-screen.” And I was given more than I could handle–from more than one perspective and more than one “relationship.”
Truthfully, I read farther than I should have because I could see what the author is doing with this story. It’s an important topic. Unfortunately, it’s done in a way I just can’t read, and I’m sorry about that. I gave my word that I’d read this book, and I just couldn’t.
What I can tell you:
Many reviews on this tour give this book high praise. Reviewers mentioned the issues I had, but some said it got better later. From what I can tell, this is a very redemptive story. Additionally, the characters do focus on the Lord even in their messy selves (and isn’t that what we want?).
The writing has a few problems–mainly, point of view shifts within scenes and an awful lot of telling/explaining. However, if the other issues weren’t there, I doubt it would have affected a star rating for me. I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. Additionally, some sections got a bit preachy.
As it is, I won’t be leaving a review because that would be unjust to the author. My personal comfort zone is not her fault. That said, if the book had included a synopsis that either alluded to or outright said what the topic of the story was, and was forthright about that the sexual content in the book, I would not have requested the review copy I received.
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Book: Enduring Love
Author: Danyelle Scroggins
Genre: Christian fiction
Release Date: March 16, 2018
No one ever truly realizes the power of their love, until love is tested and they have to endure things unimaginable and sometimes hurtful. And if the truth is declared, no one wants to but…
Sometimes we find ourselves standing in the test of love and this is exactly where Priscilla Marshall finds herself. Married to Steven since she graduated college, together they were the perfect couple. Both making successful business moves, both loved their choices, but one had a secret that could change their lives.
Priscilla, now forced to make a plan to secure her future, finds out that a plan without God involved is not a plan at all because “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
What will God use to make this woman’s plan come full circle with His own, and after the test, will they find that they truly do have an Enduring Love?
About the Author
Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a dynamic author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies, and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty University. She owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC.
More from Danyelle
I am so elated that you are a part of this awesome Enduring Love blog tour. I’ve always been a love child per se…loving all things romance. When my second-grade teacher introduced me to Amelia Bedelia books by Herman Parish, I knew I would write. Then my mom introduced me to romance by Danielle Steels and the bad girl of books—Jackie Collins. Finally, I decided I’d be the Danyelle with the “y” who will write books about love.
Life has been so rewarding as I finally realize that everything I’ve ever faced was simply for my good. The good, bad, and the ugly now find itself woven in the corridors of my books and I’m grateful to be able to share stories with the world of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love.
And you know what’s even greater?
We don’t have to be perfect to be a part of His family, to receive His love, or to be a recipient of His grace.
He has shown me that I can write about love, problems, situations, and circumstances that we face as humans but also show how we overcome the situations and circumstances we face, by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony.
As you read this book or any of my books, understand that they are in fact a testimony to God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love towards His people.
Be Blessed, Danyelle Scroggins
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12
Godly Book Reviews, March 13
Batya’s Bits, March 14
Artistic Nobody, March 15 (Author Interview)
Inklings and notions, March 16
Texas Book-aholic, March 17
A Diva’s Heart, March 18
Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 19 (Author Interview)
For Him and My Family, March 20
Just the Write Escape, March 21
deb’s Book Review, March 22
SusanK. Beatty, Author, March 23 (Author Interview)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24
Simple Harvest Reads, March 25
To celebrate her tour, Danyelle is giving away the grand prize package of all five (5) of the books from the E Love Series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.