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Michelle Sutton / Decision to Love (Sacred Vows – book 3)
Love is a decision, or is it merely an emotion?
Eight years after Tony and Hope’s affair ended, new problems arise. Jimmy has gone off to college, but returns home with a startling revelation that devastates his father and causes his final heart attack. Now Hope is grieving the loss of both her husband and their son. She tries to make sense of everything, and in the end she decides to love her son through the grief. More than that, she makes the decision to love whoever her son chooses to love, whether she agrees with his choices or not.Tony’s life has its own disaster tearing through it. First, he is accused of killing his ex-wife, but he is soon released once the authorities realize he had nothing to do with it. The tragedy with his ex led to some major changes in his life, however, and some soul-searching that ultimately turns Tony’s life around. While he is still adjusting to his new perspective on life, his long-lost daughter Nina contacts him and has some secrets of her own. He is overjoyed to be reunited with his daughter, but with their relationship comes an entirely new set of challenges.Jimmy is confused about his faith, his life, and ultimately, whom he should love. After some severe trials knock him off what he thought was the right course for his life, he makes the decision to love himself enough not to be used by someone again. But will his decision protect him in the end?
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty sprit before a fall.” And we certainly had fallen. Almost every human relationship has suffered because of this sin. When reading A Decision to Love, I am reminded of this. There are some very dark themes that most Christian circles do not want to discuss that are tackled in this book such as adultery, homosexuality, drug/alcohol addiction and pre-marital sex. I admit I was a little hesitant about reading this book, but also very intrigued. The author took a firm stance on biblical principles on these topics. She beautifully weaved in the correct Christian principals when dealing with them as well: confession, forgiveness, repentance, loving the sinner despite the sin (notice I did not say acceptance of the sin!) My children’s father is an addict so parts of this book really touched home for me. I would recommend this book for people who have a strong enough faith and are grounded in biblical principles who can understand the difference between forgiveness, acceptance and condoning a behavior.
Michelle Sutton is a social worker (and now supervisor) who has been writing romantic fiction with an inspirational message for over nine years. Southeastern Arizona is where Michelle calls home. She loves being surrounded by mountains and fresh air, which inspires many of her novels. She and her husband are approaching twenty-two years of marriage and their two sons will begin their third year of college in August. She is the author of well over a dozen novels in print and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, as well as an avid book reviewer and blogger on a variety of sites. She founded Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers social networking site which has nearly 1200 members. Crafting new stories and reading/reviewing great books is her idea of a fun time.
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