Sunday, July 15, 2012

Great Book: The Life I Dreamed by Kari Burke

From the cover: Motherhood is a gift. Children are a blessing. Marriage is a sacrament. Emmy O’Brien knows all that. There was even a time she fought to promote those very values and beliefs. After having four children in rapid succession though, the demands of home and family have blurred her strong convictions. Tired, overwhelmed, and dissatisfied much of the time, she struggles each day to meet the needs of those around her. When her husband receives a phone call from a 16 year old girl, unexpectedly pregnant and suddenly homeless, Emmy’s world is turned upside down and she must now decide, are her old-fashioned values and beliefs still worth fighting for?                    I really enjoyed Kari Burke's novel of a 30 something married couple with 4 young children. Burke's descriptions are so realistic and poignant. She shares the daily struggle  but is able to let the reader see the joy that comes from being faithful to one's call to marriage and family life. This is a super pro-life story. In our culture with all the noise of which side is right and wrong, this story shows how one family's actions quietly done speaks loudly.

As a mother of six children, now with our youngest at 7 years old, Burke took me back to the days when the toys were always scattered all over the floor, the floor was always sticky and I never knew how I could get done all that I had to get done. (ok, there is still stuff all over the floor and our floors are still sticky, so I guess we get just used to some things??) But those days do pass so quickly and this story brings to bear the importance of raising children as being one of the most important things we can do. The Kindle edition is only $3.99

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