Friday, November 8, 2013

Paige Rewritten by Erynn Mangum - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Rewritten
NavPress (October 8, 2013)
Erynn Mangum


A few things about her:

So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


Paige Alder is in a really good place. She’s dating nice guy Tyler. Her boss has offered her a raise. Her walk with God is strong. Life is great—and that’s when things start to change.

First, the youth pastor at church keeps asking Paige to work with him full-time. Then her sister shows up newly engaged and wanting to reconnect, even though they haven’t spoken in years. And now former boyfriend Luke has come back into her life. How is Paige supposed to know what the right decisions are?

This warm and humorous second book in the Paige Alder series will help young girls work through important issues, such as forgiving others and obeying God.

My Thoughts:
God has big things for you, if you’ll let Him lead.” (p. 271)

Paige Alder and I met for the first time two novels ago, and she still reminds me a bit too much of myself for comfort.  This novel carries her through many changes - significant decisions about relationships, self-realization and the power of forgiveness and trust.  Throughout almost the entirety of the novel Paige wrestles with the indecision born out of self-doubt and the deep seated desire to please others – at the expense of staying rooted in one spot when the Lord is leading you in a new and different direction.  It’s not a very pleasant place to live.

Especially when the man who jilted you, broke your heart and turned your world upside down comes back on the scene looking better than ever and shows real evidence of a heart-change.  In one sense, Paige lives a life that is probably quite enviable  to many – a good job, a raise, a great church family, two handsome men that want you in their life….it seems Paige has been doubly blessed.  Then she must come face to face with her own heart. She must face the fact that God’s grace is enough to turn lives in a new direction….even after their choices have robbed you of precious time and peace.

Because of some similar personality traits I share with the main character, I found myself rather annoyed by her choices at times.  At other times I felt sorry for the bad timing of some of her right choices.  In short, it is a very good read and one that left me grateful anew of God’s grace and mercy in our lives and multiple chances to come to Him for the forgiveness and direction we need every single day of our lives!

Oh….and the ending…. Beware!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Paige Rewritten, go HERE

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