Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Best We’ve Been by Beth Vogt July 9, 2020

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:11 pm
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How can you choose what is right for you when your decision will break the heart of someone you love?

Having abandoned her childhood dream years ago, Johanna Thatcher knows what she wants from life. Discovering that her fiancé was cheating on her only convinces Johanna it’s best to maintain control and protect her heart.

Despite years of distance and friction, Johanna and her sisters, Jillian and Payton, have moved from a truce toward a fragile friendship. But then Johanna reveals she has the one thing Jillian wants most and may never have―and Johanna doesn’t want it. As Johanna wrestles with a choice that will change her life and her relationships with her sisters forever, the cracks in Jillian’s marriage and faith deepen. Through it all, the Thatcher sisters must decide once and for all what it means to be family.

My thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series. I have to be honest I was most excited for this book, to read Johanna’s story because I didn’t really like her in the first book. I started to like her more in the second and finally in this book we get to see her wounds and what has made her into the woman she is.

I so appreciated Beth’s take on this pregnancy and how she revealed the person-hood of the baby before it was even born.

This is a messy family and it drove me crazy how they didn’t just come out and say what was hurting them to each other. But honestly, aren’t we all like that?

I also enjoyed watching Payton’s faith grow and her take on Christianity. I remember being that new Christian, not wanting to pray in front of others and wondering if you sound like an idiot.

My only complaint, and I am noticing this a lot in contemporary Christian books, is that even though this is Christian the name of Jesus is never said, or written. The books talk about God and how God loves them but how to we know He loves us? Because he sent his Son to die for our sins. If I wasn’t a believer I wouldn’t know that from reading this book. I would just think he is a nice person who loves me. I would like to see more Gospel message in these books. But that’s my opinion only.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 


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