When I first heard the name of this blog tour, I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to participate. No way. Not with a name that was shared with the Netflix series that has been the reason others have taken their own lives. But there is a reason behind the name of this blog tour, purposely chosen for these two books. 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl’s suicide. There’s debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl’s suicide—13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, the decision was made to name the blog tour the “13 Reasons Why” tour—but each day, reasons are given to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living. My prayer is that as some are searching the internet to find more about this series, they 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.
So, today I ask you to choose life because of the little moments. The special moments woven throughout each day that you get a glimpse of. A child’s laughing face; the breeze blowing through your hair; the one person who smiled at you. These were not accidents you witnessed, my friend, they were gifts from the God who created you, sent to encourage your soul that this world is, indeed, a beautiful place. A broken place, yes, but a place of beauty nonetheless. Store up these little pieces of beauty, and search them out.
Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.
Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.
When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?
A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness? Amazon //Goodreads
This was an amazing book. I cried so many tears, and laughed so many times while reading it . . . it was wonderful!
The start of the book was a bit abrupt. Just a bit, and then everything made sense and you were immediately pulling for the characters. Alex is a dear girl with a heart of gold, who has seen the brokenness of the world and has a desire to fix it. She knows the only answer to people’s hopelessness and pain is Christ, and she longs to make Him known to those around her. Yet she isn’t pushy or overbearing, she just quietly goes on about her day. Her passion is helping veterans, returning from war, who have been injured and are trying to fit back into society.
James was a hero I wanted to know more of. He had been through so much, yet as his life is revealed little by little throughout the pages of this book, you feel so empathetic for him. I wanted to know more about him, and I wanted him to realize the gift that Alex and her Uncle were trying to show to him.
As heavy as the topic of this book was, there was bound to be some tears shed. I can’t help it — I’m an emotional reader :D I was right, and I was for really crying at several parts of it. Yet the sad parts were balanced by humorous scenes that had me laughing and reading parts out loud, much to my siblings chagrin. This was definitely an emotional rollercoaster!
Then ending . . . oh the ending! It was perfection itself, even if it didn’t seem like it at moments.
This book dealt with a heavy, serious topic that is affecting so many today. It was well written, in a way that handled the issue well, balancing it against Scripture and exploring the topic from a biblical worldview. It was one that I wouldn’t hesitate to let my 16-year-old sister read . . . but I do recommend that parents may want to read through this first before handing it to super young or sensitive readers.
About the author:
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.