Book Review: Need You Now by Beth Wiseman



Brad and Darlene Henderson were married as high school sweethearts. They have 3 teenagers: Chad, Grace and Ansley. When the big city life seemed to be too much for all of them, they moved from Houston to the small town of Round Top, Texas. Adjusting to small town living is a challenge for all of them but seems to have been hardest on Grace. Grace is coping in a challenging way.

At the same time, Darlene starts to feel like she isn't needed as much at home now that her children are older. She takes a job away from home. Brad is trying hard to make partnership in his firm. Life gets to be complicated for all of them. But will they turn to God or turn away and each cope in their own ways?

This is the first book I've ready by Beth Wiseman. I haven't read her Amish books but I found this book to hold my interest through to the end. In fact, I enjoyed the book more as I went along and got to know the characters than I did at the beginning. The characters seem to be realistic to me. Although I do not know anyone personally who has faced Grace's struggles (I don't want to spoil the book and share what that is here), it seemed to be relatively realistic in the author's portrayal. I did get a little frustrated with some characters for keeping secrets but that is how it is in many families so I think that was realistic too. I think that it would be good to read for moms with older children to read and think about. While we don't all face those same issues, I think the part I liked best about this book was the way the characters were directed to God and to pray about things going on in their life. It served as a good reminder that I need to do that more and more as my son goes through these years. There is a good set of discussion questions in the back so it would make a good Book Club discussion I think.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Comments

  1. Nice review. I really enjoyed this book as well. Beth Wiseman writes fearlessly with the stresses and struggles that are an inevitable part of a marriage and raising children--yet offers hope in the face of those challenges. She doesn't shy away from letting the characters in this book face some problems and difficult questions. I think many readers will be able to relate to this book, and be comforted by the fact that they are not the only ones who struggle.

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