Friday, June 19, 2009

Never the Bride

So far I don't think too much of the switch to digital television. I've completely lost Fox, and apparently the only way I can watch it again is by getting either a new outdoor antenna or subscribing to satellite TV. My absolute favorite summer program is So You Think You Can Dance. Last summer when we went camping, I actually texted a friend on the night of the finale to find out who won. This year I won't be able to watch any of it. Fox doesn't have entire episodes on its site, and neither does Hulu.

The reception I receive on other channels isn't so great either. CBS and NBC both get pixellated and pop in and out. Before you leave me a comment, yes I did rescan my box after the change. I think I've rescanned it ten times or more, and none of the three TVs in the house get FOX. I know that the picture is supposed to be better, but how does that matter when I can't see the picture at all?

Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge is a charming novel of romance and faith. Jessie Stone has always lived by the rules; her friends can set their watches by her punctuality, and she's almost OCD in her need for order and control. She's lived all of her 34 years waiting for Mr. Right to sweep her off her feet, filling 109 journals with dreams of the perfect marriage proposal and wedding. Speed dating and online match services aren't working, but when God literally steps in and offers to help, Jessie isn't sure if she's willing to trust Him enough to do it to her standards! This book reminded me of all the reasons I love to read! It was funny and sweet and charming and had a strong message of faith. God's appearance in Jessie's life is beautiful and heart-breaking. Her friends and family think that she needs to be committed when they catch her talking to herself, and when she tries to tell them the truth, they ask her why is she so special that God would choose to step into her life. Their reactions are perfectly rendered, and oh so true of how I think people really would react to Jessie's story. God asks Jessie if she's willing to let Him write her life story, and there's a lesson in her story for readers. Her date with God brought tears to my eyes, as did their confrontation on the beach. The entire book was pitch perfect, just flawless. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lesson about my Savior. It doesn't get any better than that.

Dixie Williquette was the lucky winner of this book! I'll be starting a new contest on Monday, so I hope you'll stop back then to sign up again.

Today's pic is from and was captioned Emo Bunny, which brought a much needed smile to my face. Hope it does the same for you!