Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke

Women want to be loved. They want to know that someone out there wants them.

What if you could know, the authors ask, that there is One who seeks you, intensely loves you, and desire you be His bride-to-be? What if there is an epic love story unfolding in your life right now?

The authors help you see your relationship with God in a new way, recognizing He is your Relentless Lover. God wants you. He loves you and is continually pursuing you. He has called you and you are of great value to Him. You are His Peculiar Treasure. He has set you free. You are covered and you are promised to Him.

Robin and Alyssa share their own stories of (human) love and rejection and how they have come to understand God's love for them. Robin shares her wisdom and life experience while Alyssa reveals her emotional experiences of dating and romance.

Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter. It might make a good choice for a high school girl's discussion group

The authors hope that this book will encourage readers to respond to the invitation from the true Bridegroom.

This is a young woman's book. It offers encouragement to young women who are looking for love and are, perhaps, desperate for romance. Both Robin and Alyssa are very open about their experiences in love, being rejected, experiencing depression and an eating disorder.

My caution for this book is that at the very end there is quite a romantic section on how Jeff proposed to Alyssa. I felt it took the emphasis away from looking to the true Bridegroom and put it squarely back on the human romance level. A young woman might read the last section and be swept back into her intense desire for human romance, forgetting much in the previous sections of the book.

Robin Jones Gunn is the best-selling author of the Christy Miller series with more than 4.5 million copies of her books sold worldwide. She and her husband live in Hawaii. You can find out more at www.robingunn.com.
Alyssa Joy Bethke is twenty-six, a popular blogger and a newlywed. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. You can find out more at www.alyssajoy.me.

Multnomah Books, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary digital galley of this book for the purpose of an independent and honest review. 
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