Wednesday, February 28, 2018

An Extra Mile by Sharon Garlough Brown

This is the last book in the Sensible Shoes series but even though it's the only one I've read, it was still an excellent read!

I didn't feel too lost jumping into it as the plot explains itself. And it didn't feel too strained or artificial either.

Four women are coping with the death of a dear friend and mother, even as they experience significant transitions in their respective lives.

Sharon Garlough Brown has a gift of making characters come alive. I resonated with Mara, Hannah, Charissa, and Becca at different points in the story.

I felt for Mara, the single mother who nevertheless spends time each week to serve at a homeless food centre.

Hannah's story tugged at my heartstrings even as she gave up a ministry position to move in with her husband.

Charissa reminded me the importance of rest and how in every crisis there can sometime be a silver lining.

Becca disdains "Jesus-people" and rejects several attempts of others who try to bring her to faith.

Their stories intertwined perfectly and I never felt lost even though the entire novel's narrative alternates between the four of them.

It's a little like my life honestly, I've lost a friend earlier this year and together with some of my friends, I'm learning how to cope with it. So it's nice to read a book that doesn't paper over the grief one feels when a close friend dies.

I'd give this book 4.5 stars out of 5, so grab your copy today from IVP. :)

Disclaimer: The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.