I love reading and reviewing books....many Christian books, Amish/Mennonite fiction, biographies/autobios, nonfiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense. I am a retired teacher on disability due to health. I am a Master Food Volunteer and volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension. I team teach children's church along with my wonderful husband. I am also a grandma to the cutest three-year-old and several stepgrands! I love my pomeranian, Cocoa! I am a crochet fanatic!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Review of Second Chance
by Eileen Hinkle Rife
Mave Robertson, a recent empty nester, wants the fire back in her marriage, but her husband, Jerry, remains aloof. Is he having an affair? A midlife crisis? When a neighbor suggests she “get a life,” Mave accepts the challenge and volunteers at an inner-city teen ministry where she's thrown into a culture of drugs, gangs, and unwed teen moms. She soon discovers someone she can help, but might he also be the cure for both her stale marriage and her crumbling relationship with her father?
~~ Dareece Jackson, a teen from the projects, wants something in Mave’s purse…and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.
My Review of Second Chance:
God certainly has a plan in what He has me read. I am 50 years old and feeling very lonesome, sad, and useless in my "empty nest". This book arrived a good while ago and it got pushed far underneath a piece of furniture and I discovered it last week. As I began reading, I thought to myself....wow! A lot of what Mave is experiencing is quite similar to my life right now.
Mave is grieving the years when her two children were home, and she is urged to do something to "get a life" by her friend, Trish. She happens upon Second Chance Ministries and discovers her calling when she teaches Creative Writing to troubled teens. She has issues with her own father, who is in a nursing home due to his Alzheimer's. Dareece helps her and her husband, Jerry, as much as she helps him.
Trish leads a Bible study in her home on Song of Solomon and Mave attends. Trish encourages the ladies to accept The 21-Day Romance Challenge to improve their marriages. This "Challenge" is included in the book at the conclusion as well as the Song of Solomon Bible study.
This book truly moved me. I think that is because it touched so "close to home" for me at this point in my life. There is encouragement to minister in some way as well. You don't have to be in your "Empty Nest Years" to enjoy this book. I am already planning to share it with my 79 year old mother as I think she will thoroughly enjoy it too!
About the Author:
Eileen Hinkle Rife is a veteran homeschool mom and author of several nonfiction books, as well as the Born for India fiction triology---Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones (OakTara). Her byline has appeared in numerous magazines, including Marriage Partnership, Light & Life, Mature Living, On Mission, Discipleship Journal, and Christian Home & School. She and her husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars and speak on a variety of topics for church groups and organizations in the states and overseas. Eileen is currently working on her fifth novel, Laughing with Lily.