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I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love

A. J. Gregory, Emily Maynard Johnson, Emily Maynard
I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love

Fans all over the country held their breath when Bachelorette Maynard chose her man. But what happened before---and after---the final rose? From the death of her fiancé and the birth of their child to her stint on reality TV and search for deeper meaning, Emily shares her s... Read More

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Fans all over the country held their breath when Bachelorette Maynard chose her man. But what happened before---and after---the final rose? From the death of her fiancé and the birth of their child to her stint on reality TV and search for deeper meaning, Emily shares her story of faith, hope, and recommitment to the Lord
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2016
  • UPC: 9780718038403
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: Mar 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "BIO005000"
  • ISBN: 0718038401

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Real Christians vs. “Reality Christians” by Tripping Into Grace on 4/25/2016
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I will be the first to admit I get caught up in the drama of The Bachelor & The Bachelorette on ABC. Forgive me...its my one vice. You know you have one too :) The hair-pulling, the cat fights (and that is just the male contestants). The horribly delicious delusion of the contestants is like the world's biggest train wreck...you just can't look away! Am I right?! Out of 20+ seasons and a success rate of less than 5%, I have to say, ABC should throw the towel in on this franchise, but alas both shows have already been renewed through the end of 2017. In addition to setting unrealistic expectations about the possibility of finding "love, true love" (quick...name that movie!) in less time than it takes to renew your driver's license, it also sets a precedent that if things get rough once you're no longer blinded by the camera lights, tipsy from the champagne and bleeding from the rose thorns, you can pack your bags and head on to the next reality television show. C'mon...you know I am right! And what is up with all the same contestants moving from show to show to show!? Its like high school marching band...a dating pool made up of the same people, just a different show/channel. First of all, GROSS! Who wants to kiss someone that their friend has just kissed?! Second of all, take your blinders off people and realize there is a reason these people keep switching partners like they switch their undies. If true love is the story they are trying to tell, they are failing...MISERABLY!

Along comes Emily Maynard. Smashing success on The Bachelor (spoiler alert: she got the rose and...they broke up before it even aired. Big surprise, right?!) and The Bachelorette (another spoiler alert: she gave her final rose and...they broke up 6 weeks after the finale. That came out of no where, right?). Her journey is detailed in her new book, I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love. I am always mildly intrigued when a "reality star" writes a book. (We wouldn't want to waste that 5 minutes of fame now would we?) I always read in hopes to see the truth behind all the smoke and mirrors; for them to actually prove they aren't as crazy as I think they are. (Side note: 99.999999% of the time they are even crazier). With Emily, I wanted to understand her story through the lens of a single mother. How did she handle all the chaos and still remain true in the eyes of her young daughter? When I read that she met her next victim husband at church, I wanted to see if she was a real Christian or a "reality Christian" - one who uses faith/God to further launch their acting/music/modeling/whatever career.

I had high expectations for this book! It was finally her opportunity to demonstrate that the teasers and pre-order hype were legit. The bulk of the book is essentially a more in-depth telling of her opening package for both reality shows. Where was the faith part?! Aha, there it is in the last chapter. I am glad that she found Christ and that her family of 4...soon to be 5, is complete because of her faith and prayer life. But here's the thing, if the overall message of the book is a "story or heartbreak, redemption and true love, why isn't there more focus on how she came to find her faith and trust the Lord with her love life? Why did the ending come across as more of a last ditch effort to meet a deadline and less like a genuine description of trusting the Lord and wanting to share that message with her legions of fans. I read the book hoping it was less about her rise to fame and more about her relationship with Christ. And it was there, but the message missed its mark and, unfortunately, felt like an afterthought.


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