Hey, ladies and gents! Today I’m privileged to share my review of Faith Alone along with the blog tour information (so lots of fun stops for you).
I was just going to share the blog tour info, but I realized I had a lot to say about Faith Alone. (All good things, all good things …) (Frozen reference of the day: ☑) So. You get my opinions.
Sidenote: I’ve been privileged to work with the author for about a month now, I think, and it’s been great. She’s really quite pleasant. ?
About the Book
Grace Neunaber has finally found happiness. After struggling for years as a single mother of four, she’s thrilled about her newfound faith and her marriage to a strong Christian man. But as David is added to their family of five, her enthusiasm is quickly dampened by her older children’s open hostility and resentment toward their new father.
For Grace’s daughter, Faith, having a principal for a step-dad is only one of the downsides. Her parents are nosy, restrictive, and most of all embarrassing. But Faith’s issues with her parents are quickly shoved aside when she’s faced with a decision that will change the course of her future.
Each member of the Neunaber family will have to rely on their faith in God if their strained relationships are going to knit them closer together instead of tear their family apart.
About the Author
Ruth Meyer graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a degree in church music and no plans whatsoever to become an author.
But a student of the week project for her son inspired Our Faith from A to Z, a children’s picture book. After that, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at fiction.
As both the daughter of and the wife of a pastor, Ruth has moved around a lot, and her experiences provide many ideas for her writing. Currently, she resides in rural Texas with her husband, their five children, and two dogs.
It is her hope that through her writing, readers are assured of God’s grace through His Son, Jesus.
My Little Review
Though I didn’t want to overwhelm this post with a full-length review, I did think I needed to “state my opinions,” or whatever, of this book.
You see, Faith Alone is one of the most heart-stopping, ground-breaking, truth-telling books I’ve read in a long time … but it’s not preachy.
Faith Alone is Christian fiction, but it’s not cheesy, doesn’t tie everything up in a nice frilly bow, and doesn’t skip around tough issues. It delves right into the messy world we live in, but it isn’t dirty or even overly disturbing.
This book takes on issues like purity, abortion, teen motherhood, messy families, and rakish fops
(shh, I’m a historical fiction girl) without trembling.
That sounds like a parade of preaching, downer-ing, and boredom, but nope. It’s also an entertaining (sometimes exciting, sometimes humorous, some tear-jerking) novel.
I was really impressed with the author achieving that delicate balance! She tells the story without judgement or turning to the reader with an “the moral is …” monologue. And I’m glad, because we need more books like that.
So thanks for that, Ruth Meyer! The world needs it. Christians need it. People in these tough, crazy, awful, amazing situations need it.
Some random other things I enjoyed:
- Learning a bit more about the Lutheran church/faith.
- A couple of my dearest friends are Lutherans, but they don’t bring it up a lot except in the general Christian stuff context. So I’ve always been curious. Though I could never be Lutheran, I still love learning about different sects of the church (or however you say that … denominations, I guess?). (BTW, remind me that one of my characters is Lutheran if you ever see me around. I forgot for half a book, and I still need to dive into revisions …)
- Siblings are tough. This book is realistic. I mean, they’re not as dysfunctional as my sibling relationships, but it’s still fun to see them quarreling and all. It’s not all hugs and sugar.
- Actually sticking together.
- I get tired of families, even in Christian fiction, always falling apart at the slightest trial. Oftentimes that happens – but there ARE families that stay together no matter what. Who become stronger as a group. So I’m glad to see that!
- Money is actually a thing.
- … unless it’s a major plot point, it seems like people forget how expensive things are in novels. Just me who sees that? A’right. Anyways, yep, I was glad that money matters as simple as groceries being spendy were discussed.
- ALL. THE. FAMILY. TALKING.
- I am so glad I’m not the only one with a whacky, loud, noisy, crazy, awful, perfect extended family.
Monday the 22nd
Blog Tour Intro // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Book Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
Tuesday the 23rd
Review // Amie @ Crazy A
Review // Jane Mouttet @ Library Lady’s Kid Lit
Wednesday the 24th
Review // Marie Shen @ Imperial Scribis
Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl
Thursday the 25th
Book Spotlight // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up in Writing
Friday the 26th
Review // Mary Moerbe @ Meet, Write, & Salutary
Review // Chloe @ Purely By Faith Reviews
Saturday the 27th
Review // Jes Drew @ Agency of Books and Spies
Sunday the 28th
Review // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing
Monday the 29th
Review & Author Interview // Kaitlyn S. @ Maidens for Modesty
Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Well, thanks so much for hanging with me, readers! Remember what I said … this is a powerful story. Though it is a fictional one, it’s very much a tale of real-life situations … with real-life solutions.
This isn’t a cheesy Hallmark romance. It’s a family’s life. So even if you don’t generally enjoy Christian fiction because everything is perfect, don’t worry. You’re gonna love this story. (And yet … well, I won’t give spoilers, but the author manages to come to a good conclusion!)
Have you ever heard of Ruth Meyer? Do you enjoy contemporary fiction? Does this sound like a story you’d enjoy? Is it important for authors to talk about prolife vs. prochoice matters, do you think?