Beyond I DoJennifer Slattery
Marriage . . . it s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more. Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed ... Read More
Page Count: 320
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 8, 2014
- UPC: 9781596694170
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 318
- Publish Date: Aug 4, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 1596694173
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- 'Beyond I Do' is an excellent by Jeanie on 11/8/2016
Christian novel! Once I began reading this author’s debut novel, I didn’t want to put it down. It is a great novel for any gal thinking about getting married, as ‘the big day’ is not a destination, but the beginning of the rest of her life with her husband. The author is wise, and very gifted to walk in the shoes of three primary characters sharing very real feelings. Conflicts seem to be between people but are really between temptation from the evil one and the leading of the Lord; who will each follow?
Ainsley is a sales rep and fiancé of Richard. He is an uptight psychiatrist trying to market his first book. He is from a high-society family with a father who is a respected psychiatrist. Both have long-term conflicts with at least one parent that demand resolution. Ainsley has life-changing situations, starting when delivering goods to an elderly woman from her church and while there, she hears a woman being beaten up. When she leaves, a boy watches from their window as if imploring her to help; Ainsley has found her calling. That day when she arrives home, Chris, a cheerful, friendly man is moving in next door.
Chris moved to Kansas City, MO from California. When his father died, Chris realized he had been so wrapped up in his law practice that he hadn’t visited his parents for too long. A huge regret was never saying goodbye to his father. He came home to attend to the needs of and regularly visit his mom who has dementia. She lives in a special facility but they are not taking good care of her. He wants to move her, but his sister refuses and wants to become their mother’s guardian. He purchases a coffee shop after a dream of owning one and employing homeless people.
Ainsley opens her Bible one day and is confronted with II Corinthians 6 and not marrying an unbeliever. She thought Richard to be a Christian, but he doesn’t live like one. Ainsley battles with the desire for a secure marriage and obeying the scripture she meditates on. She wants to avoid the pitfalls of her mother who changes jobs and men frequently. When Ainsley breaks up with Richard then is fired from her job, she can either trust God or herself for her future.
Ainsley is a young woman of strong convictions, yet finds it hard to trust in the Lord for everything. She is my favorite – I wish I had had her wisdom at her age! – with Chris as a close second. Gina, Ainsley’s close Christian friend, is a delightfully vivacious extrovert. She and Ainsley balance each other out and help each other spiritually and share over chocolate. Richard is controlling, and just not a likable man as he tries to hold onto Ainsley and sell his newly-published book.
I appreciate the author’s use of scripture. It is enlightening to see Ainsley’s and Chris’ prayers and how they interact together as Christians. There are wonderful spiritual lessons in this novel. There are also struggles with the desire to repair decades-old challenges with family members and be Jesus to them. Many of us have faced similar challenges to these two! I highly recommend this novel to older teens and women of any age. It engages the reader with a sound scriptural foundation demonstrated through everyday people in real-life situations.
From a grateful heart: I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.