We planned a fiftieth wedding anniversary party–across the miles and one we never actually held. My parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary happened smack dab between #1son’s and #5daughter’s graduations from college. Oh, and just after that, I had to teach at a conference.
It would have been awkward, I told myself. Dad’s in a home now. Mom wasn’t. Since being at my mom’s house in Noel, I know even better why the Lord decided that our grand plans for a party weren’t to be. He’s pretty good at that stuff if we just don’t try to force our ideas about things.
Around that time, I had a chance to read a book about another woman’s experiences in marriage–a long one and a short one. I figured it would be a good book, so I requested a free review copy.
My parents had a second chance, once. I’ve had second chances. How about you?
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Life Is Full of Second Chances What Was Yours?
The genre for this book is listed as “Family and relationships/Death, Grief, Bereavement. I’d call it a memoir. Written almost as a diary of the author’s life over the span of about five years, we learn much of the two very different men she married, what she learned from each of them, and how the Lord blessed her with both easy and difficult marriages.
Saying goodbye to one husband is hard enough, but having to do it back-to-back has to be one of the hardest things a woman can live through, and while Ms. Mozena is raw and real about her pain, her faith shines through. She encouraged me by her trust in the Lord in difficult times.
Still, I have to admit that some parts confused me. I find it difficult to understand why people choose which details they share. Some of the details in this are clearly very important to the author–clothing, food, decor. But aside from a couple of things, they only confused me because I kept waiting for the point to them to show up. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
I’m glad I chose to request a review copy of the book. If I’d known it was a memoir, I wouldn’t have, and I would have missed some encouraging stories. Recommended for people who enjoy memoirs, seasoned romance, and encouragement in the Lord’s goodness even when it seems that He isn’t.