Monday, August 12, 2013

The Living Room - A Review

A Review

Robert Whitlow has become one of my go-to authors.  When The Living Room was offered for review, I could not wait to begin reading his next book.  I was not disappointed.

Amy, an ex-legal assistant, is also an up and coming author.  But the costs of raising a family are rising and the royalties offered to a new author are not equal to the income her former job brought into the family budget.  When the opportunity arises for her to temporarily return to her old job, Amy’s husband, Jeff, is eager for her to jump at the chance.  Though Amy is not so sure, she returns to work for Jones, Barrington, and Phillips.  I enjoyed the experiences Amy has as she develops her newest book.  I can only wonder if the experiences Amy has dealing with readers, publishers, and agents might echo those the author has had during his writing career.

Besides her husband, Amy’s family consists of a very active 14 year old girl, Megan, and an inquisitive boy, Ian.  The four of them are learning about faith and to trust God as he leads them through their various stages of life.  God has chosen to use dreams to communicate to Amy - dreams which provide information, but not interpretation.  Amy will need to trust the information and to allow God to provide the interpretation in His own time.

There are others who cross Amy’s path with various levels of faith.  Mrs. Burris’ faith appears to be as deep as any Amy has seen.  Chris Lance, a young lawyer at her former firm, is just beginning to take some cautious steps as a believer.  Greg Ryan, the dreamy new teacher at Megan’s high school, is a bit more difficult to read, but does seem to appreciate people of faith.

Balancing work, family, friends, and faith, does not come easy to Amy.  But as she and Jeff seek to serve God, they find ways to support their family.  And when it counts, they are there for their children - setting a model for each of us.  

This review is based on a free copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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