Friday, September 21, 2012
Beth Wiseman's Need You Now ~ Reviewed
Need You Now
By: Beth Wiseman
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.
Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.
Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.
While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.
If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.
Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.
Need You Now is about Brad and Darlene Henderson and their family. They move from Houston, Texas to Darlene’s Grandparents’ farm in Round Rock, Texas, to shield their children from the perils of big city life. Each family member has their own difficulties and struggles to contend with while adjusting to small town life. When Darlene takes a new job after being a housewife for 20 years, and one of their children’s life becomes threatened, Darlene and Brad’s marriage begin to suffer. You wonder if they can over come the obstacles, and hope they remember to turn back to the Lord.
This book was a little slow going at first, but once I got into it, I had trouble putting it down. Darlene starts out as a confident woman of God, but she’s never really had any trials or struggles to test her faith, and when they come about, she nearly crumbles. But she has a wonderful friend and neighbor, Layla, who is a great encouragement to her. The struggles the family goes through are very true to the time period we’re living in. I liked how the story pointed back to the Lord in the end, bringing the family together.
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers.