Friday, March 27, 2015

For Your TBR Pile - Devoted

By Jennifer Mathieu
Published: June 2, Roaring Brook Press

From GoodReads
: Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.

Thank you NetGalley and Roaring Brook Press for the eARC!

My Thoughts:

Devoted is a story about a teenage girl born into the Quiverfull movement among evangelical Protestant groups. Known for their modest dress, large families, and patriarchal obedience to God, most look at this group as a cult.

In Devoted, the main character isn't questioning her faith in God, which I think is really important to know. In fact, this book is about faith and finding it within yourself. When Rachel begins questioning her father and the community's rules, she feels guilty and blames herself. It's not until she befriends a girl, Lauren, who escaped the community and is living in a town nearby that she hears that the people around her have been abusive and controlling. Her faith in God, though, never wavers. In fact, it's interesting to see her relationship with her beliefs open up as she begins to see the world around her.

This was beautifully written and so well done. It's a quiet book, that has a lot to say. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm really looking forward to this one... I loved THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE!


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