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The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

  
The Wonder of You is Susan May Warren’s fifth book in the Christiansen family series, but this is the first time I have had the pleasure of reading anything by this award-winning author.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.  Now I need to see if my local library has the first four books in the series!

The Wonder of You opens with a dramatic rescue scene, and I immediately fell in love with the main characters.  Warren creates characters who have realistic attributes, flaws, and struggles, but they are also surprisingly charming.  The only complaint I have about this book is the main characters are in their early twenties, so they make me feel old (I am in my late thirties), but the leading lady is the youngest sibling in the Christiansen family, so the ages are appropriate and fit their characters’ struggles and lifestyles. 

I must confess that I was afraid the book had too many pages left after I had read the first five chapters.  I couldn’t help but wonder how Warren could possibly fill the rest of the novel with enough to keep me interested, but there were so many little surprises throughout the book that kept me not only interested but unable to put down the book.  I read this book in less than 48 hours, and I hated having to put it down for any length of time.

The Wonder of You is about Roark St. John trying to convince Amelia Christiansen that he loves her.  My favorite quote in the book is when Roark tells Amelia, “Extreme doesn’t begin to describe what I’d do to win you back.”  (That sounds a little creepy taken out of context, but it was completely sincere, even romantic, in the book.)  The rest of the book details Roark’s efforts to regain Amelia’s trust and win her heart.  

Warren also includes the continuation of Amelia’s siblings’ stories, which provides emotional depth and a touching side story along with a little mystery for the next book in the series.  

Urgent Request/Mission Opportunity

My husband is traveling to Ghana, West Africa this month as part of a team from our church on a medical mission trip. This will be his fourth trip to Ghana, but he has been planning to do something special on this trip, and we just found out that his plans may not come to fruition.

Three years ago, after his second mission trip to Ghana, he and a friend with a common passion began forming a nonprofit foundation to dig water wells in Ghana to provide clean drinking water for people in remote villages. Since the formation of Firehouse Wells, they have been raising funds and accepting donations so that they could dig a well during the mission trip this January. We have established a relationship with a pastor in Ghana who has been working to find a crew to dig the well, but no one wants to travel to a remote area for just one well. Now we are faced with the seemingly impossible task of raising at least $4,300 in the next week to fund two wells, so a crew will be willing to dig them.

20140107-115313.jpgPlease help us provide clean water for the people of Ghana. You can visit FirehouseWells.org to make a donation in any amount by credit/debit card. If you would rather donate cash or send a check, please contact me for the address. Their website is having some issues, but you can read more under “About” and click “Donate” to submit a donation.

In Luke 18:27, “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” We are trusting Him to do the impossible.