A Review: Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery
Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed, socialite psychiatrist. But as Ainsley’s wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream, a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé.
If she wants to embrace God’s best and find lasting love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.
Safe and secure in the arms of God...or man?
Marriage draws close for Ainsley and Richard. Her job’s on the rocks and she’s searching for the best wedding location. Well, no need to panic. Everything’s under control. As always, Richard’s here.
Ainsley discovers another side of her fiancé when she ventures beyond her comfort zone to deliver a care package in a rough neighborhood of Kansas City. Although rekindled and on fire for the Lord, she’s reluctant to be Richard’s bride. But he’s determined to make her his own even at the expense of his future.
Almost as if in answer to prayer, Chris moves in next door to Ainsley. Their friendship blossoms as he establishes a Christian coffee shop and provides for his ailing mother with early Alzheimer’s. He becomes a thorn in Richard’s side and thwarts his plans at every turn.
A tale of grace, obedience, love, and obsession, I give this book five stars!
A parting thought: What do you do when the Lord says leap?
Jennifer Slattery is an avid reader who enjoys long, leisurely strolls with her husband, mall dates with her daughter, and chatting with her girlfriends over hot milk flavored with a hint of coffee. She writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and writes and edits for Christ to the World Ministries, which broadcasts, via radio waves in 32 countries. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her serving in her church, community, or home. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com