This book is the second in the Sensible Shoes (Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown — Book Review ) by author Sharon Garlough Brown. It continues the spiritual journeys of four friends who meet on a retreat — Hannah (single pastor on a long sabbatical), Charissa (perfectionist graduate student), Mara (mother of three boys in a difficult marriage) and Meg (widow and empty-nester).
As before, most people will find someone with a story that resonates with their own experiences. These women fight common spiritual battles with anxiety, a desire to control, grief, difficulties in relationships, envy, and all the normal stresses and changes of daily life.
I had reserved this book from the local library, and it took quite a while for it to come in. I told my reunion group sister that I was sure it would arrive at “the right time” and it did. The plot takes place around the Christmas season and one of the themes is “making room for Jesus” in the mess and chaos of our lives. Right before I read this book, I wrote a post on this very idea! ( see Make Room for Jesus).
If you’re in a book club or small group this would be a great read to study together. There is a companion guide for prayer and conversation at the back. It would be suitable to do either alone or with others.
VERDICT: 5 STARS. It was hard to put down! However, I would recommend reading the books in order, so start with Sensible Shoes.
For reviews of other works of Christian Fiction see:
Jack by Marilynne Robinson– Book Review
The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry — Book Review
white picket fences by Susan Meissner–Book Review
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