Wednesday, June 23, 2010

THE MAILBOX by MARYBETH WHALEN

Who knew you could find God in a mailbox? Who knew at fifteen your life would change forever just in one summer, one choice, one moment that you can never take back. And the question is, "Would you change a thing if you knew how the story would end?" In this story of journey we meet Lindsey Adams who as a young girl has not had an easy life, and is searching for more. As she visits North Carolina with her aunt and uncle, her life changes before her eyes, and it is as though life begins. Lindsey meets Campbell, the boy who steals her heart with a glance. But as young love comes, young love also ends. A special place that ties them together is the mailbox. A place where a kindred spirit lives as others pour their hearts out onto paper with pen, leaving their hearts desires, pains, and dreams each year. For some the beach is their home, but for Lindsey, she must leave each summer and return to the home with her mother that really isn't a home filled with love that she is longing for. As she returns home, Campbell, although in love with Lindsey, finds himself making a choice of a lifetime, now marrying another, and is a new daddy. Campbell is always trying to do the right thing, but can he undo the pain he has caused the young girl he loves? As his life continues, so does the life of Lindsey, as she marries, and has children of her own. Only this man is not the man she fell in love with. As Lindsey is struggling with divorce, Campbell finds himself reuniting with his daughter, who is needing him more than ever. As each summer the mailbox is filled, we see how God molds their lives together, and is always at work, even when they do not see clearly past the mailbox. This is one of those love stories that brings you straight to Jesus. As we follow the lives of Lindsey and Campbell we see that in our imperfections, there is always God's grace, a grace that carries us through and brings us into perfection with Him. They find that they cannot complete each other as once dreamed, but through Christ they can find themselves complete in Him. This is a book you will want for a summer read. To just take your time, sit back and enjoy. Marybeth leaves us feeling warm, filled with dreams to reach for all God has for us, never to give up.
This book was a gift from Marybeth Whalen for its review. You can find more about The Mailbox and Marybeth at http://www.tbbmedia.com/

About the Author: Marybeth Whalen is the general editor of For the Write Reason and The Reason We Speak as well as co-author of the book Learning to Live Financially Free. She serves as a speaker for the Proverbs 31 Ministry Team and directs a fiction book club, She Reads, through this same outreach. Most importantly, Marybeth is the wife of Curt Whalen and mother to their six children. She is passionate about sharing God with all the women God places in her path. She has been visiting the mailbox for years.
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