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I enjoyed reading this, it's quick and insightful. I too am a Christian, and I take the Bible literally. There are some standards they follow that even I was like wow really. It's not a bad thing, and they aren't condemning to others who don't feel led the same, it's just that going into reading this you have to understand there will most likely be lifestyle differences and not let that get in the way of the general message. I really cannot stress that enough. You learn a lot about what life was like growing up and how they were raised. As you can imagine, with 19 kids, things had to be structured. There seems to be a game plan for everything. I was taking notes. I don't plan on one day having 19 kids, I imagine my family will be much smaller than that, but there are a lot of "strategies" they used that I was wowed by. These "training" measures are ones I want to use on MYSELF. Even if you don't have children, there is solid wisdom in this book that I think will strengthen every relationship. Sorry for not being specific, I just don't want to give anything away. There is value I read that I want to put in my relationships from friendship, to work life.
I can't be overly specific, because I'm just not the kind of person that ruins a book for someone else. I'd be more than happy to talk more about it after you read it. The book focuses on God, the entire time. And that's good. There are some solid biblical principles that I believe, that I saw in a new way. Even if I don't necessarily live these principles the exact same way, I saw some things in a new light. I also found a bit in every section that I could apply in some sense to my own life. In the end I would recommend this read (and have already actually face to face). I would particularly recommend it to young girls. Teenage years are so formative, and to see someone else who has successfully came through those years and while in those years lived their faith strong I think is important.
This book releases TOMORROW: March 4, 2014. So hurry out to your local bookstore and buy it for yourself or as a gift! Don't let your differences turn you away, read through to the end and keep an open mind. I'm sure you will find some good meat in this book. These girls are inspiring.
This book was provided for review by NetGalley.