Tuesday, April 5, 2022

ALL THAT IT TAKES by Nicole Deese, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

Beautifully written, heart tugging story.

Ms. Deese has given us characters that are real. We recognize part of ourselves in their stories. They are vulnerable, but want to serve and are looking for God’s purpose in their lives.

Miles is a pastor whose ministry focus has changed but he resents the senior pastor for moving him to an outreach facility that he sees as dying. A mentor coaches him about listening to God. “That still small voice will speak when you’re ready to listen. Your job is to slow down long enough to hear it.” He has stayed single for the sake of his ministry but God has other plans for him.

Let the fun begin when Miles finds Val in his thought-to-be-empty rental apartment! As they get to know each other, Ms Deese inserts wit and humor. She also has fun showing us Val’s ten year old son, Tucker.

Val is trying to make a fresh start and is wary of opening up to new friends.”Perhaps the first real step in being seen by those you loved was lowering your guard enough to risk being honest.”

Some difficult topics are dealt with but the author handles them with grace and finesse. Through her characters, she challenges us to really love our neighbor by putting away pride, uncertainty and vulnerability. “Sometimes all that it takes is one person being willing to step out in love for the betterment of another to change the trajectory of an entire life.” 

This story runs the gamut of serious and solemn to cute and quirky.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:
When the ever-cautious Val Locklier moves cross-country with her son for a secure job, everything she'd planned unravels within the first week. After Val reluctantly agrees to rent an apartment from her best friend's brother, an unexpected chance at an elite filmmakers' mentorship ignites fresh hope for a dream career. But as Val's community begins to expand, so do her insecurities, especially those heightened by her growing attraction to a certain friendly landlord.

Pastor Miles McKenzie returns home from a short-term mission trip to discover that not only does he have an intriguing new tenant living upstairs, he's also been reassigned to a local ministry on life support. Disillusioned and restless, he distracts himself by throwing his energy into a host of new projects--not the least of which is pursuing Val--without stopping to consider the future.

As Val struggles to stop hiding behind the camera and Miles wrestles with shattered expectations, they'll find that authentic love and sacrifice must go hand in hand.

Bethany House Publishing, April 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy ALL THAT IT TAKES at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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