This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.
I had credit to get another book from the BookLook Bloggers program, but there weren’t any books that I was dying to read. I decided to give I Don’t Wait Anymore a go, to see what sort of peace Grace Thornton offers for people who don’t wind up with spouses. I haven’t exactly been waiting for a husband (I’m only seventeen!), but I’ve been facing a lot of crossroads when it comes to moving forward with my adult life and I was curious to think about what my life could be like if I never get married.
It turns out I Don’t Wait Anymore is actually a devotional, so each chapter offers a specific Christian lesson and then has room for you to answer a specific question about your own relationship with God. I don’t usually use devos (I always forget to do them), so it took me a little while to get through this one. I wound up doing it in spurts over the course of a few weeks: some days I did three, and others I did none. If you did one chapter a day, though, it would take about two weeks. There’s a very pretty light-brown ribbon you can use to hold your place, and the paper itself is thick and smooth – very luxurious, and great for writing on. The pages are all white where the text is, and then a very pretty shade of light green underneath it.
So yeah, physically the book is great as a devo. What about the text itself? Well, I have to say that it’s truly wonderful to see how God has blessed and shaped Grace Thornton’s life. Her insights on what it means to follow God (to bring Him out of your pocket into every area of your life, and to focus on pursuing Him instead of on what you get out of Him) are convicting and thought-provoking. It’s wonderful to see all of the amazing opportunities Grace has gotten (including moving to England for two years!) – opportunities she wouldn’t have had if she’d been married. She also has a lot of God-loving friends (none of whom I could ever keep straight) to cheer her on, which is really great.
No book is perfect, though, and I do have a few small troubles with I Don’t Wait Anymore: for one thing, every couple of pages a line or two is offset into its own paragraph, put into a slightly larger font, and made green instead of regular old black. This is done to emphasize particularly meaningful or impactful statements/thoughts, the way they do it in magazines, and it looks very pretty when you flip through the book. Here’s the problem, though: you know how in magazines the lines that are made big are ones that are also still in the articles? Well, here they took lines from the devo and highlighted them right where they were. To read what Grace is trying to say, you have to read the highlighted text in context along with all of the normal-sized text surrounding it. I kept accidentally skipping over the ornamented text, though, and then I’d have to go “wait, that’s not just ornamental!” and go back and read it. That got kind of annoying after a while, but it certainly wasn’t a deal-breaker.
Anyway, I’m no devo expert – I’ve done a grand total of two in my life – but I really enjoyed this one. If you’re a Christian (female or male) who struggles with finding God’s plan for your life, then I highly recommend this book. It definitely made me look at my future in a whole new light.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.