To read the reason behind the name of this blog tour, see HERE. My prayer is that as some are searching the internet to find more about the 13 Reasons Why Netflix series, they will come across these blog posts and understand the importance of life, and that it cannot be simply thrown away by an act of our own hand.
Choose life today because you are alive! God has gifted you with life, and you woke up breathing and living. He wants you here, on this earth, for some purpose of His. It’s not for you to decide when to leave this life; you didn’t create yourself. It’s up to the Creator Himself. Yes, life may be painful right now, and you may be struggling with things no one in this world can understand. But that doesn’t give you liberty to escape this life — it means that God has promised us trials and he has also promised to make us stronger through them if we endure to the end.
Life without love is hopeless.
Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.
Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what? Amazon// Goodreads
This was a heartbreaking story that was artfully told. It was the story of a young girl who has been left by herself in the world.
Her father killed himself. Her aunt and uncle sent her away. Foster families didn’t want her and mistreated her.
So she ended up homeless, wandering the streets, resorting to stealing and rummaging through dumpsters to stay alive.
Cara figures the only option she has left is to follow her father’s example — except even that act fails when five brothers see her and decide to rescue her. The brothers are a hilarious group, who enjoy practical jokes and harmless stunts — yet they can be serious, too, and are a sweet group of fellas.
Slowly the family makes its way into her heart when she least suspects it. She tries her hardest to prevent it, but it happens, and the way Cara grows is amazing.
Erich breaks down the last of her defenses when he brutally wakes her up early on Sunday morning and brings her to church with him — and the adventure is only beginning.
Kaitlyn wrote this book in a way that perfectly details the tragedy of a young girl who needs a home. She needs a family who loves her unconditionally, and she needs a Saviour to turn to. She needs something that gives her life value.
And she finds it in her new family.
The restored relationships are beautiful to see, and the surprises along the way will have you in tears, if you are any where near as emotional a reader as I am :D
I enjoyed this book, a lot. I appreciated how the author was able to give details about Cara’s life without giving too much, and I enjoyed the relationships written about.
The one thing I disliked was how abruptly Cara became a Christian — it almost seemed as if she became a Christian because of what God could do for her, and not so much because she was a sinner in need of a Saviour. The way Erich presented the Gospel seemed to be lacking just a bit, in my personal opinion. There was a major life change in her, though, which I appreciated seeing.
That being said, there was a strong Christian theme and morals presented, throughout the book, and I enjoyed that! I will definitely be reading this one again. Because of the content (suicide, depression, mentions of abortion) I would recommend this for older readers. I would definitely suggest that parents may want to read through this first!
About the author:
Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.