If you have never heard about or read a Christiansen family novel from Susan May Warren, then you are missing out. The entire series is outstanding! Today’s featured review is all about a special season in John and Ingrid’s lives. Unwrap their gift of love in Evergreen.
Day 3: Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren
About the Book:
“An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. He even has a surprise trip abroad planned. He’s sure she’ll love it. What’s more romantic than Christmas in Paris?
Before he can stop her, however, Ingrid agrees to spearhead a major church project. Then their faithful dog, Butterscotch, needs emergency surgery, draining their savings. And then—because disasters strike in threes—an unexpected guest arrives, dredging up old hurts.
As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future.”
Phone Tree Review: Evergreen was so overwhelmingly good that I was beside myself with emotion at key points in the story. This book had substance and grit. It dealt with difficult issues, such as empty nest syndrome, resentment towards a loved one, anger regarding parentage, unforgiveness related to past decisions and fear of the unknown, with such honesty that it left me raw many times over. The characters were real in that they had depth. The circumstance that each primary character had to face was sobering in its own way.
I loved how Warren weaved together faith, family, and forever in this book. It was beautifully done. This Christiansen story, like all the others in the series, left me with many takeaways. It also left me wanting more.
Some of my thoughts as I read this book…
– We must strive to maintain a godly level of intimacy and communication with those whom we love.
– We must learn to identify our true purpose inside the realm of God’s provision.
– We must be mindful that unsaid secrets slowly poison us from the inside out.
– We must understand that change will come, whether it be in circumstances or people. How we weather that change, however, is up to us.
– We must appreciate that each one of us will likely be challenged to find our new even in the old.
– We must never underestimate the power of prayer.
– We must be aware of where ministry opportunities lay.
– We must accept that there are generally three perspectives in marriage – his, hers, and God’s. Of course, God’s perspective is always right on.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Bookshelf Worthy: Yes
Disclosure: I received this book free from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”