Forever With You
By Robin Jones Gunn
Published by Believers Press
ISBN# 978-0-9828772-1-0
272 Pages

Back Cover: When Christy Miller met Todd Spencer the summer she turned fifteen she only dreamed that theirs would be a forever love.

Now that they have been married for almost two years, Christy and Todd are facing challenges neither of them expected. Everything that felt familiar in their relationship is being shaken. All they had hoped for in their future together is about to change.

When Christy shares her life-altering news with Todd, she doesn't receive the joyful response she was expecting. Aunt Marti inserts a few strong opinions about how the young couple should navigate this difficult season and when Todd's dad asks for help renovating his Newport Beach home it's clear that nothing will ever be the same for them again.

As Christy and Todd’s relationship is radically altered will they continue to drift apart? Or will they come through the major shifts with a deeper love for each other and the One who brought them together in the first place?

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy from The Book Club Network I was first introduced to author Robin Jones Gunn’s writing when I read the Sister Chick series. That series took me on adventures around the world. I learned so much about places I’ve always wanted to go to.  When I worked in a book store young people introduced me to the Christy Miller series. They had grown up reading them. Now Robin has some new adventures for Christy Miller in a brand new series called Christy and Todd, The Married Years. This series shows this couple all grown up, married a few years dealing with life together.

I thought I might have a hard time connecting with this novel since I’d never read the other books about Christy Miller. But I’m happy to report I instantly connected with Christy and Todd Spencer. I enjoyed reading about this couple and how they learned to live life together as they navigate the ups and downs and surprises life throws at you; learning how to let God lead the way.

Christy drops in on her Aunt and Uncle. “We had the afternoon off so we decided to be spontaneous and go to the beach since the weather is so great. Sorry we didn’t call you.” Christy wished she hadn’t automatically apologized. Even through a lot of the dynamics of her relationship with her Aunt had changed after Todd and Christy got married, it still was a struggle for Christy to not revert to how she felt in her vulnerable teen years…. When one season ends, you gotta welcome the next season”…Todd says, “All I’m saying…is that we need to start to dream a new dream.”

Christy and Todd Spencer have been married almost two years. Life has been good. Todd’s been a youth pastor and Christy has worked in a book store. Life starts to change in unexpected ways. Their faith is put to the test. Christy asks Todd if God has given him any ideas on what they should do and/or where they should go.

“Not yet, all I know is that when I woke up this morning I felt the same way as when I was praying last night. Something is about to change and we need to be ready.”

Todd looked at Christy, “I like what you said about the tapestry…I think we should be more confident that every single thread is being hand-selected by God in this prolonged season of waiting. He’s weaving them together. When the time is right, we’ll be able to see the pattern of what He’s doing.”

It was exasperating to Todd to not be able to jump in and start making things right…over the next few weeks, both Christy and Todd took turns having sudden moments when their emotions took a dive. They would be going along, feeling strong, trusting God, doing great and then one small thing would happen and one of them would take a dip on the backwards roller coaster.”…It was exhausting!”

I liked how Robin captures real life and how each leans on their faith to make it through; in their own way. Everything that felt familiar about their relationship is shaken. They see another side of each other they’ve never seen before! I liked the realism of it and how they learn to let go and let God move in his time table not theirs. They develop a deeper love for each other and the God who brought them together.

I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading other books in this series. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home.  I love how this author gives young people a peek of how Christian relationships can be in and outside of marriage with the other supporting cast members in this story. I also liked how Robing showed how to be the light in the darkness and how to love those around you no matter who they are.


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