Above All Things by Deborah Raney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve often reviewed Deborah Raney’s books. She is a friendly acquaintance but this is my honest review. Her books ALWAYS take a couple and throw the worst or most disruptive thing they could dread at them. So the emotions are raw and the struggles are real. ABOVE ALL THINGS follows this expected pattern. Evette is Judd’s expectant wife. They’ve waited for years for this blessed event to begin. But enter Judd’s past–one he never knew about. Through her characters, Deborah Raney faces and deals head-on with racial prejudice. Evette’s family is not going to be a help in this situation. And the birth mother’s family is not perfect either. This story is real. Do I recommend it? Yes, but the first part is hard to read. Evette’s hurt and pain are very real and painful to read. This book can help one dig into their own thoughts and pre-conceptions not only about race but also about facing hard realities with God.
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