Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Title Tuesday: It Had to Be You

Today is Thursday, but we are going to treat it like a  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week. This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. With that being said, let us jump in and get started.

Today I am reviewing a copy of It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren. Let me begin by saying that I enjoyed this story, it was cute in a kitschy kind of way. This book had a good plot, a fair amount of Bible verses and a cast of colorful characters. It Had to be You tells the story of a down and out young woman on her quest for self-fulfillment.  The woman goes through the usual struggles of any young female in literature and movies today: girl meets boy, girl likes boy, girl builds up a bunch of self-doubts, boy and girl have a falling out, and boy comes back to girl and admits he loves her. Although somewhat unoriginal, this story-line does seem to be a favorite among women my age (20-40).

So why do I only rate this book so low? I really dislike that Warren (a Christian writer) chose to include make-out sessions in her book. The story will stand on its own, so why does she feel the need to include graphic descriptions of the hero’s body and the reaction that it inspires in the heroine? This doesn’t model Christ-like love among two adults contemplating a future together. I think this leans into the territory of emotional pornography, and no amount of Bible verses thrown into the character’s conversations will make up for the fact that she seems to be condoning immoral thoughts. All of the moral issues aside, the character also relies on a man rather than her relationship with God to fulfill her, and that is just a no-go in my mind.

Overall, this book is a quick and easy read. I would not outright suggest it to someone as it does not fit with my personal beliefs of moral purity. I give it a solid C.

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