Friday, June 28, 2013

Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Torn
Think (May 1, 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!


Everyone knows they can count on Paige Alder. But between volunteering at church, putting in overtime at work, and helping her best friend plan an anniversary party, she's lucky to grab a cheese stick for dinner. Paige can't even remember the last time she had a few minutes to relax or dig into God's Word. Then she meets laid-back Tyler, an attractive, Jesus-loving guy. Will he be able to help Paige get her priorities on track?

My Thoughts:
What if service for God isn’t the same thing as time with Him?”  (p. 239)

I think this question has been the underlying drive of Paige Alder’s life, and it has taken the sudden upheaval of a couple of major life events to bring her to the answer she has been seeking.  Paige lives life at a frantic pace – working every hour of every day either at her job or helping friends.  Sometimes she has to pull an all-nighter just to get her laundry done because she doesn’t make time for everyday chores!  When a marriage and anniversary need to be planned, and the young girl’s Sunday School class explodes in activity, and job duties escalate….there is not much left of Paige.  Saying no is not her strong suit!

God has a way of putting the brakes on when our lives begin a hundred-mile-an-hour race toward an ever changing finish line!  Paige has a handsome youth leader that serves as one of her more pleasant cause to pause!  It’s really kind of funny that so many different people begin to give Paige “permission” to slow down.  The circumstances that bring her to the point of understanding are pretty easily recognizable at any age and stage of life.  I know I recognized myself in more than one of Paige’s life-choices, and I left my twenty’s behind twenty years ago!  I also recognizes God’s tender hand guiding her circumstances and bringing her to a place of greater understanding about her faith and her need to live at such a frantic pace.

I think people will enjoy getting to know Paige Alder and her friends and family.  You will take quite an entertaining and thought-provoking journey with this young gal!  Come along for the ride! You won’t regret it! 

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

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