Christian Reading

Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

About the Book

Is there sin that love can’t cover? 

Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices. 

Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life. 

While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.

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My Review

This is the first time I’ve read a book by Elizabeth Maddrey and it will not be the last! I think sometimes it is hard for Christian authors to write about difficult topics, just like in the real world some Christians pretend these situations do not apply to other Christians. Elizabeth provided us a great example about how even we as Christians can fail. We can have times where we turn away from God and the things we’ve been taught. I appreciated such a honest and realistic storyline, with an underlying message about how God is always there for us, as is His forgiveness. 

I felt so bad for Lydia. She felt she had to live up to these unrealistic expectations that though she claimed were set by her parents, I think they had really been set by herself. With her quote, “perfect sisters” to live up to, Lydia tended to go with how things looked on the outside rather then relying on what counts on the inside. I enjoyed reading every aspect of her story and felt the author wrote it at just the right tempo. I was hoping that there would be some resistance to change, to come clean. I wanted to see a realistic growth in this character, not one helped along with an authors pen, and I think Elizabeth portrayed it perfectly.

I also enjoyed watching Kevin’s struggle and growth throughout the book. When he found himself stuck in a seminar that seemed to be awkward for him at the time, it reminded me of the times God has stuck my in an awkward situation which down the road led to His path for me. We don’t always see it during the process, but looking back we can give God the credit and the thanks for putting us at the right places at exactly the right times. Kevin’s actions were much like any normal person when reacting to what had happened in Lydia’s life. And again, I felt the author did such a wonderful job portraying this in a realistic time frame that it felt I was reading a biographical story!

If you are looking for a story about love, forgiveness, and inner struggle, I highly recommend you give this book a shot. I promise you will not regret it!


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