A breath of fresh air (or I wish it were a Hallmark movie)

Renee Ann Smith —  March 23, 2011 — 19 Comments

Some days more than others, I hunger and thirst for the things that are โ€œtrue, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy.โ€ I long to soak them in and make them a part of me. Where do I find these sources of beauty? In any person, movie, story, or song that reflects the attributes of my Lord.

Without a doubt, My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren is one of those sources. This story of healing and second chances reminded me of what God can do in the lives of hurting, damaged people . . . people just like you and me.

I loved the main characters: Isadora, who wants desperately to escape the trauma that haunts her; Caleb, a warrior who is fighting his way back from a debilitating injury; Lucy, whose bad choices have led her far away from the woman she thought she’d become; and Seb, a former athlete who is certain his best years are behind him. Oh, and I can’t forget the Coach, whose fragile body belies the powerful faith within him.

I rooted for the characters as they worked through their troubles and found some scenes incredibly touching. The sweet romance was a breath of fresh air. In fact, elements of the plot brought to mind one of my favorite old movies, The Shop Around the Corner–where two people who rub each other the wrong way in daily life are unaware that they’re secretly anonymous pen pals who are falling in love with each other.

If I had to choose one word to describe this novel, it would be Refreshing. And the key verse? Philippians 4:23: “Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves.”

I’d love to see this story turned into classic Hallmark–one of those movies that shows people at their best, living in faith, taking risks for love, and honoring one another with thought, word, and deed.

My advice? Treat yourself to this story. You can follow this link to pre-order a copy of Susan’s beautiful book!

Susan’s bio: Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, Susan learned to love city life, although she’s a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe she’s an adventurer–having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia, Russia, as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why her characters can’t sit still and seem to get into one scrape after another. They’re too much like her! Susan loves God, her family, her country, her church, and feels privileged every day to be able to write stories that inspire and entertain!

**Thanks to Tyndale, who sent me a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

19 responses to A breath of fresh air (or I wish it were a Hallmark movie)

  1. I love the title for this post Renee, I often feel the same way about a lot of Christian fiction that I read… make this into a Hallmark movie!!! LOL I’m so glad to see that it seems like more and more Christian fiction is being made into movies. I LOVE movies almost as much as I do books and the Hallmark productions are some of my faves. If you haven’t seen The Lost Valentine, that’s one I definitely suggest. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can’t wait to get this book now but I have a few more weeks yet since I’m receiving it for a book tour. I’m jealous Renee. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • It seems like Hallmark is one of the few companies who makes movies which highlight faith and inspiration. So I wish we could all pick out certain favorite books to be made into some of their movies! Wouldn’t that be fun? Hope you enjoy this one when you get it, Renee!

  2. Looking forward to reading this book! Hopefully within the next month or so. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it!

  3. I can’t wait to read this novel! I’m glad (though not surprised, LOL) to hear that SMW has another winner on her hands! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. i don’t normally leave comments on reviewers blogs because I don’t want them to feel uncomfortable, but I just wanted to tell you how much you review blessed me. Your captured the essense of the story, and my heart in telling it. I am currently writing another book and sometimes it can feel overwhelming when I am in the middle of the story – your post reminded me that if I press forward, and trust the Lord, there is a happy ending. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reviewing this book and for blessing me with this kind review.
    Warmly – Susie May

    • I’m so glad you shared your thoughts here, Susan! This is my first book of yours, but I picked up a few others along the way (Sons of Thunder and Taming Rafe). Now I can’t wait to get to those in the future! . . . And I also just realized that there are previous Deep Haven stories to experience . . .

      I teach lit in a Christian high school and have found that books are powerful tools in shaping minds and hearts. Any story I read stays with me long after I’ve closed the cover. So I had to give up on certain writers who brought me places I didn’t want to go. I appreciate you authors who allow Christ to fill your pages and mold your characters. Your stories strengthen and uplift us! Blessings!

  5. You’re so cute. This sounds adorable. And I love the post title!

  6. โ€œtrue, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy.โ€

    -the verse I was reading about last night! I believe it’s not a co-incidence and the Lord must be telling me something!


  7. Love the sound of this. sometimes it is so hard to find a good, motivating and uplifting type of book. Thank you for reviewing.

  8. Hi Renee Ann,
    I don’t stop in as often as I would like, but each time I do come by, your posts inspire me and uplift me even though I haven’t read even half of the great books you recommend! This looks like another great read, I wonder if I can get it out of my local library? Every time I read your reviews, I want to stop life, drop everything and make time to read the good book you recommend. Oh if it was only that easy ! Thanks always for your inspiring and uplifting posts! Have a blessed weekend!

  9. This sounds like a great book to curl up with over the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the characters!

    Thank you so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Following you via the All Week Blog Hop over at The Mommy Chronicles

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