Friday, October 23, 2015

Dear Mary by Sarah Jakes {A Book Review}

I was intrigued when I saw this title, Dear Mary: Lessons from the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom, by Sarah Jakes. I have often looked toward Mary when I think about my mothering/parenting because I know and believe her parenting was unique. 

I have some positive and negative thoughts about this book. I'll start with the negatives. The title is very misleading to me. The title makes me think that I'm going to read plenty of scripture and a modern day take, opinion and/or commentary on that scripture. However, I felt like Sarah essentially wrote letters to Mary trying to relate her (Sarah's) situation and circumstances to Mary's situation and circumstances. 

The book was very much about Sarah's story of becoming a mother at a very young age and the situations she has gone through.  I did feel at a point that the book became a little redundant and boring to me. 

The positives to this book are that Sarah's story is a good story. Her testimony looks to God and shows the ways he has provided and cared for her during her tough mothering situation. Sarah writes well and it shows in her book even if it did become slightly repetitive. 

I also love that Sarah doesn't degrade her story and her situation. She had it rough. Decisions she made caused that to be so but she constantly shows God's hand in that. 

I think overall that this book is a good read but the title is misleading. 

**I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

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