Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Just 18 Summers

By: Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox

What a wonderful book about making the most of each and every moment.  This book tells the stories of four families at different stages in life.  Butch and his daughter Ava are struggling after the sudden death of Butch’s wife Jenny.  Jenny’s passing has impacted not only their lives but the lives of the other three families.  Her life was somehow intertwined with each family and her passing made an impression upon them.  Larry and Beth find that they will soon be empty nesters. They are struggling with the years having passed too quickly and feeling like they have not made enough memories with their three children.  Tippy and Daphne are looking forward to being first time parents.  However, Daphne’s fears impact her marriage while she is pregnant.  Charles and Helen work so hard to give their kids everything they never had but miss giving their children what they really need. 

I really enjoyed this book.  I loved the stories and it was a nice reminder to enjoy every moment.  Sometimes we focus so hard on certain areas of life that we completely miss out on what is really important.   This book illustrates that ultimately nothing is in our control and we have to continue to give everything to the Lord.  As shown in this book, and promised in the Bible (Romans 8:28), all things will together for our good if we love God.  For some additional information please visit   
Disclaimer:  Thank you Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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