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Here's the Amazon blurb:
Chloe Taylor has the perfect life: a model’s figure, a husband who adores her, three healthy children. So why does she feel so much less than perfect? After losing forty pounds, Chloe Taylor is finally happy with her body. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s not the one in control. When Chloe is called as the Primary president, she discovers that managing the highs and lows of a chronic illness may be easier than the ups and downs associated with family, friends, and church callings. Consumed by her own challenges, Chloe fails to recognize the issues her friends are facing and is in danger of losing their friendship. As Chloe strives to develop Christ-like love for herself and those around her, she learns that outer appearances are far less important than inner peace and spiritual strength. But is she strong enough to face her most difficult trial yet?
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of Maria's book in exchange or a review. No promise was made for a favorable review.
Review: First, let me say that Maria nailed the whole church society thing. Nailed it. Chloe's difficulties were completely relatable to me and I guess I'm pretty judgmental because I could see myself doing everything she did; jumping to conclusions, giving people a few guilt trips. Been there, done that, regretted it. It was refreshing for me, in a somewhat new and large calling and still feeling overwhelmed and uncertain, to see Chloe's take on things and to realize our dilemmas weren't so very different and the way she ultimately chose to handle things is my goal.
Second, it is important to note that this book bears a heavy narration about diabetes. Not that that's a bad thing. For me it wasn't. I have a slight family history of type 2 diabetes and was extremely curious to see what the life of a diabetic looked like. Maria gets pretty technical, explaining insulin pumps and carb counting but for me that was a plus. I didn't want the disease glazed over, I wanted to know all about it and this book delivered.
I loved the villain, Mrs. Lewis and her perpetual belief that she knows and sees all and can run the ward better than the Bishop or anyone else for that matter. I also loved how Maria didn't just show Chloe's difficulties with the ladies with whom she served at church, she showed the back stories, explained why the characters acted the way they did that gave them all a very real feeling. I always try to tell myself that there is a history behind every frown, every angry glare and I think Maria did a great job of showing that in her book.
This book is educational, inspiring and fun and if you're not afraid of a little medical explanation here and there you might just want to go check it out, especially if you want to learn more about the life of a diabetic. Any leaders out there with diabetic youth in their class? This would be a great way to get a glimpse into what their life is like...just sayin.
Maria's book "Nourish & Strengthen" is available from these vendors:
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