Y'all, it's been a rough 36 ish hours. I had a mini mental breakdown last night after a REALLY rough day with my almost 5-year-old and had to live on some worship music today to try to get my head right again, but I'm still squeezing this review in under the radar. Funny how life happens and completely blindsides us even though it's just life and we should be used to that kind of stuff by now.
To tie my day in to this wonderful book, let me just say that yesterday felt like a failure. I couldn't deal with my preschooler. I was so exhausted by the constant battles that I legitimately hated being a mom. The funny thing about God is that he opens the doors to those situations in our lives because of who He is, not because of who we are. I heard somewhere recently that depression (something I often struggle with) happens when we focus on ourselves rather than God. Yesterday was another opportunity for me to see that I am not strong enough. That I can't raise my girls to be the women I want them to be. That I will fail. Thank the Lord that He has already redeemed my failure and that my weaknesses can be glorifying to Him.
If you're in a place like that, where you're worn out and struggling, first, refocus on God, spend some time praising the Creator for all He is, then pick up this book and be encouraged by this fantastic example of God's protection, provision, and even abundance when we can't do it on our own.
Rescue Me by Susan May Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love Sam and Willow (and now I can't wait to see the next step with Jess and Pete!) Maybe it's because I can relate to Willow in her clumsy, passionate existence, but she's probably one of my favorite characters Susan May Warren has ever created. And Sam? Soo smokin hot. I struggled with the moral aspect of part of this book. When some serious emotional crises go down and lead to multiple errors in judgement, the characters seem a little too passé about the situations as they get sorted out, but it felt very real-life.
As for the major theme of this book: Sooooo good! The best way I could sum it up is Grace in failure. If we don't recognize that we need help, we end up not only frustrated with our shortcomings, but we rob Good if the opportunity to show up for us. Willow says it perfectly.
"Because if we can save ourselves, we don't need God."
I know this book will inspire you as much as it has me. Go buy it HERE.