Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted, a review

What would happen if you achieved your dreams and realized this is not what God had in mind for you all along?  This is the story of Shannan Martin (formerly Flower Patch Farmgirl) and her husband and the process of leaving their dream farm and dream job for "the other side of the tracks".

It is the story of building a family through adopting babies and one unlikely adopted teenage son.  This journey was inspired not only by circumstances but as they felt God was leading them to a different way of life and to different dreams.

I found the story very good and encouraging for those who feel God is leading them to a different way of life in order to serve Him better.  I loved the book although I got bogged down in the middle for awhile, feeling like I was hearing the same thing over and over. 

It may not have seen that way to other readers but if the author was a close friend sharing her story over coffee, I would tell her that she has done a wonderful job of sharing where she was coming from but now I want to here what comes next. 

She does reach that point in the latter part of the book and I found myself turning the pages to see what happens next.  I am hoping another book will be written down the road which shares how God uses them in the neighborhood and how He works even further in this unique assemblage of people who have become a family.

While God does not call everyone to sell their dream home, adopt a lot of kids, or work with prison inmates... we can all be inspired when we read Falling Free to ask God if we are on the right journey and to give us wisdom if our dreams are not lining up with His destination.

I received Falling Free from the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.

Further information about this book can be located... here.*

*Most links to Amazon.com are Associate links.


Vee said...

An honest review that is not all accolades and puffery. My favorite kind!

Heather LeFebvre said...

same kinds of feelings here on the book. Loved hearing her story and being challenged by what they are doing. Also felt it was important to remember that everyone serves in different ways....God bless them in their work though -- it is not easy to be involved in that kind of ministry and I do think it's going to take more people being willing to do ministry (at least of that "hardness") if we want to see more change around us.