by Shannon Ethridge & Kathryn Mackel
About the book:
Julia Whittaker's rocky past yielded 2 daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.
Julia & Matt Whittaker's son has beaten the odds for 13 years only to have the odds – and his liver – crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a “living liver” transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon’s time is short. His 2 older ½ sisters, born eighteen months apart to 2 different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.
But can Julia ask a young woman – someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with – to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she's never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters' lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself?
Julia knows she's probably embarking on a fool's errand – searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?
In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present.... and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.
This story is very interesting and had me on the edge of my pillow most of last Saturday night and into Sunday morning. There are some very deep subjects covered in Julia's story and it was very emotional and thought provoking all the way through. I think part of what caught my attention with the story is that it is somewhat similar to my story – (only I was the kid given up) so I was able to understand much of what the girls would be feeling and even though the story had more to do with Julia's emotions and what she was going through as well as understanding forgiveness and Christ's sacrifice for us it was very easy to connect with all the characters.
The salvation message is strong throughout this book and it was easy to see the different levels that each of the female characters were in with their walk with Christ. Julia became a Christian after a struggle as a young woman and then giving up her girls. Much of her heartache was from choices that she made (premarital sex and abandonment from men as well as having to give up each of her girls through adoption). Destiny the older daughter is into the alcohol, drug and sex scene and even though she was raised in a Christian home she chose to turn her back on God and take the hard road. After her boyfriend becomes a Christian she kicks him out and that is when Julia turned up to meet her and ask her all-important question “Will you donate a liver to my son – your brother?” Destiny of course refuses – but then Julia asks her if she'd like to meet her sister and make her decision after some thought. Destiny agrees. Then there is Chloe – the youngest sister. Chloe is the very sheltered daughter & heiress of very wealthy parents and the wife of an equally wealthy husband. Everyone believes that they need to make all her decisions, plan her life and she has grown up believing that she is incapable of making those decisions. At the time that Julia & Destiny appear on the scene she is mulling over asking if she can follow her hearts desire and enter the engineering field instead of the medical field which is what her husband had decided she should do.
This is a wonderful book – not just for the strong scriptural and faith background that is all throughout the book. It was also nice seeing strong male role models in Julia's husband and even though Destiny's boyfriend is a brand new Christian he seemed to be going into a family leadership direction. He was caring, prayed for Destiny and supported her but also gave her her distance and allowed the situation and the Holy Spirit to soften her heart.
This would make a great Christmas gift if you know someone who likes thought provoking books and perhaps some of a Christian background (even if they aren't Christians)... It's deep but would be a great way to “witness” and share the message of Christ's redeeming grace and forgiveness for all of us no matter what we've done. It would be suitable to read with an older daughter perhaps in 11th or 12th grade through college and would open some paths for discussion. You could use the discussion questions in the back of the book – if you are thinking younger girls (perhaps 9th/10th grade) I would read the book first and consider your daughter's maturity level.
Shannon Ethridge is celebrating the release of To Know You (co-written by Kathryn Mackel), by giving away a $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs and a personal coaching session, as well as throwing a Facebook Author Chat Party!
One winner will receive:
- A $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs
- To Know You by Shannon Ethridge
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 19th. Winner will be announced at the "To Know You" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 19th. Connect with Shannon and friends for an encouraging evening of fun chat, book club discussion, giveaways, and a chance to win a PERSONAL COACHING SESSION WITH SHANNON!
So grab your copy of To Know You and join Shannon on the evening of November 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read and review in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing!