God's Grace & Grit
Surviving Your Fairytale
by Carolyn Snelling; Tiarra Tompkins
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 04 Dec 2023
Carpenter's Son Publishing/Clovercroft Publishing, Carpenter's Son Publishing
Fairytales did not prepare us for the reality of marriage. Cinderella never had to contend with dirty socks, Snow White never had to heal through sexual trauma, and Rapunzel never had to file for a divorce.
If you are engaged or married, do you still feel the love and purpose for each other that you had when you felt that first spark? Maybe you are single or divorced, praying for Prince Charming to ride in on his horse and whisk you away. Life doesn't prepare you to become a single mom or teach you how to fight through the pain of watching your spouse battle a debilitating illness.
How do we navigate the valleys of life and still smile when our spouse enters the room? God's Grace and Grit: Surviving Your Fairytale is here to empower you; no matter where you are in your happily ever after journey. Biblical stories of courage and love will inspire you and testimonies from our friends will encourage you to boldly carry on for God's glory.
Marriage begins with friendship and love. It's His Grace and Grit that allows us to truly thrive in our happily ever after - no matter the challenge.
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In God's Grace & Grit: Surviving Your Fairytale, Snelling and Tompkins share their experiences with relationships and faith. Both authors are what I would consider fairly "new" Christians, and they acknowledge the effect that their lack of relationship with God had on their previous marriages.
While the concept and title of the book piqued my interest, I was initially leery of reading it. Too many times, books like this tend to be geared toward women in committed relationships. I was pleasantly refreshed by the tone and tenure of the book. In spite of the fact that it is written primarily to the woman in a relationship (dating, engaged, married), it also addresses issues that engulf Christian singleness.
I did find a few places that were out of sync with my own personal faith, belief and understanding of scripture. (Again, the authors are what I would consider "new" Christians.) While there was a section addressing Jewish tradition, bordering on mysticism in one of the early chapters, along with an interpretation of Jacob's ladder that I had never heard previously, it did not permeate the rest of the manuscript.
It was a quick, easy read that definitely impacted my faith journey and I will be adding it to my permanent collection of religious non-fiction texts. The authors were transparent, engaging and information was provided to be thought provoking, as well as to facilitate and encourage change. I highly recommend this book and will be suggesting it to my friends as a must-read this year.