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Book Review Mondays

* I am not a professional book reviewer, just an avid reader and decided to share my book choices and my thoughts about them with the world.

Book: The Someday List

Author: Stacy Hawkins Adams

Why I Chose This Book: I was browsing in the library and randomly picked it up. I thought it was a cheesy romance novel full of high drama, but it turned out to be very inspirational and quite surprisingly a big influences on my life this past weekend. Also, I try to discover a new black author/ authoress every time I visit the library.

The Main Character: Rachelle Covington

This book tells the story of a woman who’s living a life many of us can only dream of and pray for– nice home in the suburb, rich husband, adorable kids, nice bank account– but, missing among those things is her happiness. After receiving a letter from an estranged person from her past, she decides that a spiritually empty life full of materialistic things isn’t enough. After sending her husband– who is a cardiac surgeon– off on a business trip, she travels to California and then to Jubilant, Texas searching for her true self. She comes into close contact with a past that was abruptly ended by overbearing parents and wonders if it is too late to pick up where she left off.

At the heart of the novel are issues that most women struggle with everyday– regret, love lost, struggling spirituality, and most of all, learning how to care for self. It wasn’t until I was half through the book that I realized it was more of a Christian novel than an urban one.

The writing was pretty straight forward with little metaphorical prominence; it just got right to the heart of the characters and the story being told.

This author is an Essence bestseller, which in someones was surprising because whenever I browse the Essence bookclub catalog, it is full of stereotypical black literature. You know, the books with the hustlers and the young “on they own” girls “tryna make it out da hood”. This book was a refreshing deviation from that. Also, I usually don’t read Christian novels because many of them are full of preachy prose and holier than thou characters, but this book was real down to earth, filled with real people, situations, events and reactions.
Favorite quotes:
” ‘Give it to God?…What does that even really mean?…It means you tell God what you desire to happen in a particular situation and you ask him to make the best decision on your behalf…Then you stop worrying about it, do the best you can with
the options and opportunities available to you, and let God work it all out. He’s the only one in control anyway.”

This quote came to me at very vulnerable moment in my life, so it spoke to me in ways that it may not have otherwise. Maybe that is why I loved this book so much, because I took it so personally. But that is what really makes a good book right. Not its literary significance. Or its metaphor count. Or its status on various book award and top sellers lists. But its ability to reflect life in such a way that every reader sees a bit of herself in it and is able take away a few words that can be planted in her heart for personal growth.


2 Responses

  1. Hello! I ‘love’ reading Christian romances. That’s all I really read these days, although I’m pondering checking out some self-management lit. I’ve never read a “preachy” Chrisitan romance before, but it’s all about the ones you choose–authors. I love the real-life situations and characters I can relate to. One I’m reading now really ‘speaks to me’: “The Measure of a Lady”, by Deanne Gist.
    Thanks for the book review, I’ve been looking for some interesting African American women-focussed Christian lit. to get into. I’ll check this one out. Hope it’s good!


  2. I hope you it!!! Though I gotta say I’m nervous because I hope you enjoy it has much as I did. I’m in the process of searching for another one now!!!

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