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Somebody Like You

Renee Ann Smith —  May 19, 2014 — 6 Comments

“Sometimes that’s all God is asking us to do: make the right choice—over and over again. And before you know it, you’ve walked into the future and hope He has waiting for you.”
~Beth Vogt, Somebody Like You~

somebody like youA kind truth-teller shares these words with widow Haley Ames, the main character of Beth Vogt’s latest novel.

As the story begins, Haley’s army medic hubby Sam has been killed in Afghanistan, and Haley finds herself in survival mode—simply doing the next right thing to make it through each day. God seems far away, and Haley admits, “Praying feels like trickles of water coming out of a hose when somebody has tied a big knot in it somewhere.”

A childhood spent keeping up with her brothers has made Haley fiercely independent—no whining, no asking for help, and absolutely no crying. But soon Sam’s brother Stephen makes himself practically indispensable in Haley’s life. The man cooks, fixes fences, cleans garages, and somehow always shows up exactly when she needs him.

As Haley struggles to navigate this new chapter in her life, she discovers there is no shame in weakness and that sharing your life with others is a beautiful part of God’s plan.

What I especially loved about this story was how the simple testimonies of believers living their everyday lives—showing kindness, making tough emotional choices, and going out of their way to consider others better than themselves—makes such an impact on Haley’s life.

So at a time when she can barely form a prayer, she is still able to see and know that God is good. 

To me, this story seemed very true-to-life in the best ways. Haley’s and Stephen’s struggles and emotions pulled me into the story. And watching how they lived out their subtle inner changes through some BIG events kept me turning pages.

Somebody Like You is a poignant story of life, loss, regret, reconciliation, and second chances. Don’t miss this one, friends!

What I liked best . . .

  • The scene when Haley first meets Stephen (both heartbreaking & humorous)
  • Stephen’s strong and tender heart
  • Haley’s penchants for junk food & John Wayne
  • Haley’s supportive, insightful, I’ll-rejoice-even-while-you-get-what-I-want best friend, Claire
  • The final confrontation with Mr. Shelton (Yeah! Take that!)
  • Stephen’s special spaghetti & meatball dinner (Read with tissues)
  • Big, beautiful tree house trees
  • The when-Stephen-and-Sam-were-young stories
  • The creative business Stephen & his partners start up (Don’t skip to the end just to figure it out!)

My favorite quotes . . .

Somebody Like You Beth Vogt

“The funny thing is, you walk forward to find what you left behind.”

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“Am I not the God of more? I’m past all your boundaries. Stop limiting Me. Stop limiting yourself.”

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“He teetered somewhere between regret and acceptance. Somehow he had to learn to shoulder his choices—the good and the bad—and keep living.”

What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to purchase your copy of Somebody Like You. ***Thanks to Beth Vogt and Howard Books for providing a copy for me to review!

beth vogt authorAbout the author: Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. 

You can connect with Beth . . .

At her website

On her Facebook page

On Twitter

So glad you stopped by today, friends! Come back Wednesday, to see my graphic of the theme verse of this novel. Blessings!

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Breaking Silence

Weeping may endure for the night,
But JOY comes in the morning.
~Psalm 30:5b~

Heaven

But just think . . .
Of stepping on shore
And finding it Heaven.
Of touching a hand
And finding it God’s.
Of breathing new air
And finding it celestial.
Of waking up in glory
And finding it home . . .
We’re finally home.
from Finally Home
by Don Wyrtzen

 

Photo Backstory: Last week my author friend Beth Vogt invited followers to share their creativity by crafting Spine Poetry. I put these entries together on a whim & ended up encouraging myself along the way. Amazing how powerful words can be!

curriculum map 1aNow this week I’m working on my curriculum mapping as I make ready for another great school year. (This is not for the faint of heart—any teachers out there? You know!) Prep can be tedious. But it also makes me eager for Fall & all that it brings—especially seeing my wonderful students again! And I think I may use the Spine Poetry idea as a way to enliven English class. Can’t wait!

What are you doing today, friends? I’d love to hear.

[For the Curious: The books used to make this poetry encompass Christian fiction, popular fiction, true stories & inspirational studies in the Word—The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello, Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (true story, graphic), The Blessed by Ann Gabhart, Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo (crime drama, gritty, strong lang.), Choose Joy by Kay Warren, We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry, Coming Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams, Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts, Radiance by Anne Maybury, Blinded by Travis Thrasher, and Heaven by Randy Alcorn.]

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Catch Star 4

Author Beth Vogt is one of those folks who generously gives time and talent to help others achieve success. She writes an encouraging blog, shares glimpses of her life on Facebook, and helps us hone our writing technique at My Book Therapy. When she offered me the opportunity to review her latest novel, I jumped at the chance and am really glad I did! I highly recommend Catch a Falling Star. I know you’ll love it, too.

Why? Here are some things you’re sure to appreciate about this heartwarming story:

The unique, multi-talented heroine: Kendall Haynes is a smart, feisty family practice physician, who can tirelessly treat kids all day and rebuild a jeep in her spare time. She’s the type who interrupts her dinner when she notices that a nearby teen appears ill, saves his life, and then casually returns to chat with her friends. Kendall knows what to prescribe for other people’s lives, but she doesn’t quite know how to fix what’s missing in her own. I was rooting for her after that first phone call from her selfish sister.

The trying-to-do-the-right-thing hero: My heart went out to Griffin Walker, an Air Force pilot who suffers from Vertigo—a fitting metaphor for a man whose life has been turned upside down. After the loss of his parents, Griffin gets thrown into the role of guardian to the hurting teenage brother he hardly knows. His first marriage failed, and now even his career is on hold. The storms of life have swamped poor Griffin. At first, he doesn’t know which way is up. Watching him find his way was sweet and satisfying.

The Love-Is-Lovelier-the-Second-Time-Around aspect: Kendall and Griffin are nearing forty with failed relationships behind them when God brings them together. And that beautiful second chance, as the song says, “Makes you think perhaps that love like youth is wasted on the young.”

The story behind the story: Beth dedicated the book to a teen named Ian Lyons, a friend’s son who suffered through cancer and died in 2009. This story is a fitting tribute to a young person who faced life’s toughest challenges with faith and courage.

The Spiritual Takeaway: Catch a Falling Star is more than a simple romance novel with the expected HEA.* It’s a story that takes a look at some difficult truths.

  • Truth: Loving others can be painful.
  • Truth: We can’t go back in time and relive wasted years.
  • Truth: Some decisions cannot be undone.

But the characters live out how Jesus enables us to view the reality of our lives and see this transcendent Truth—that God can redeem our bad decisions and foolish mistakes and offer in their place Hope, Peace, and Second Chances.

Don’t you love when that happens in a story? Yeah. Me, too!

You can order your copy of Catch a Falling Star at this link. (Even though the protagonists are older, I plan to bring my copy to my students. They’ll enjoy the romance and the teenage boy’s story—plus pick up some ideas about God’s grace and forgiveness. I bet the teen girls in your life would enjoy it also.) ***Thanks to Beth Vogt and Howard Books for providing a copy for me to review.

beth vogt authorAbout the Author: Beth Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice), though she said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four, though she said she’d never have kids. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren. You can connect with Beth on her Facebook page, on Twitter, or at her website.

*HEA = Happily Ever After (A definition for you non-romance buffs out there!)

GIVEAWAY: Follow this link to enter Beth’s $200 Visa Gift Card Giveaway and to sign up for her June 4th Facebook Party! Continue Reading…