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Recently I stumbled upon Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke‘s Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are. Since I loved Robin Jones Gunn‘s Christy Miller Series, Sierra Jensen Series, and the adult Glenbrooke Series, I figured it would be worth checking out this book from my library’s OverDrive.
The book came out in 2014 (6 years ago!) but a good book is timeless, right? So I checked it out and began to skim through the book. Yes, I skimmed.
Official Description of Robin Jones Gunn’s SPOKEN FOR
A great romance was set in motion before you were born. A relentless Lover is pursuing you, and He has made His intentions clear. He wants you to be His forever. How will you respond to the One who longs for you to be His with your whole heart?
Why I Skimmed Through Robin Jones Gunn’s SPOKEN FOR
To be honest — I was disappointed by all the personal stories that Alyssa kept throwing at us. She is a happily married woman sharing her excitement and joy which I understand. But as a single woman in my 30s reading about a 20 something-year-old who found love and happiness, I was turned off. Was this book geared towards teenagers? Does this book not apply to women in their 30s who are single?
What I Gained From Robin Jones Gunn’s SPOKEN FOR
I LOVED the Oswald Chambers quotes. Funny enough, Robin’s use of the quotes spoke more to me than any of what she and Alyssa shared. I will be digging out my Oswald Chambers’ books next.
Who is the Target Audience for Robin Jones Gunn’s SPOKEN FOR?
To be honest, I was not convinced even after skimming through the entire book. Perhaps teenage girls who love Robin’s Young Adult fiction? Perhaps young marrieds like Alyssa?
Definitely not women like me in their 30s and single.
Alternative Book Recommendation
If you’re looking for a non-fiction book about discovering your purpose in a romantic sense with the Lord, might I recommend Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge?
And if you are looking for an encouraging and inspiring read, do check out Oswald Chambers’ books that Robin liberally quoted from in this book.
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This looks like it would be such a great book to read! I’ll be adding it to my list, for sure — thanks for sharing! 🙂
Ok so this is more of a young adult book and not for a grown woman like me. It still seems like a interesting read.
I hadn’t even heard of this, but am really enjoying books about relationships at the moment, since I’m a newlywed. Good to know that this is one to skip, thanks for the review!
Aaawwww…that is really sad. The best I have read is “Headscarves and Hymens” by Mona Eltahawy. You need to get a taste of the rawness in that book.
I like books that have many “real talks” kind of situation and not overly fiction (or fairytale). Being not married shouldn’t be the measure of success. I salute women who are not yet married and happy!
I haven’t read Robin Jones Gunn’s SPOKEN FOR! Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the reco!
I’m not married but still this sound likes something I should not miss out. I will check it out!
That is really the kind of book my girlfriend would love to read.
This seems like a really odd book. I would have a difficult time getting through it as well. But I loooove Oswald Chambers! I used to keep a copy of My Utmost for His Highest on my nightstand to start or end my day with. I really should do that again!
I hadn’t heard of this book before. It is good to know what to read and what to skip! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.
Ugh I wouldn’t like a book like that either. GIVE ME HONESTY. TRUTH. REAL STORIES. NOT all the cutesy “ohh my husband rubbed my feet tonight as he fed me grapes” BS!
It sounds like this is the kind of book that either hits the mark with a reader or misses completely. I’m married, so this sounds like a good one to me. However, someone who is single can’t really relate to what she’s writing about. Great review!