Meant to be Mine

Title:  Meant to be Mine
Author:  Becky Wade
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany
Becky Wade’s book shares a tale that ultimately shows readers that true love comes at a cost.  If we really love one another, no price is too high.  Like God sending His only Son Jesus to die for us when we were yet sinners and not looking for Him, a man and woman’s marriage is a but a glimpse of that depth of love and multiple opportunities to show forgiveness to each other.  In the book, the fictional characters, Ty and Celia, get married in a quick Las Vegas chapel.  When morning comes, so do the heartaches and challenges.
Five years later, Celia tells Ty about a daughter he never knew about.  When she shares with him the news, it sets the course for them to come and face where their individual relationships are or aren’t with God.  Secondly, it sets their hearts on a path to learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness for broken hearts that were caused by the other one’s words and actions.
As readers progress through the story don’t be surprised at the way the main characters, Ty and Celia, are learning how the other one has changed.  When they married, there was a high school crush without really knowing each other.  Now, as adults and parents, they go through soul searching, hoping to discover if their marriage is still intact.
As I read the tale, the more I became enamored with the deep theme of true forgiveness, the choosing to forgive another person whether we feel like we want to or not.  I enjoyed seeing how the author had the main characters go through twists and turns in their relationship, which is very lifelike in the book.  Relationships of any kind aren’t all smooth roads; there are bumps along the way, and God uses them to draw us first to Himself before we can give our hearts in other types of relationship.  Celia learns that God helps us to forgive someone who has hurt us as she opens her heart to forgive Ty instead of holding onto bitterness.
A humorous aspect of the story is how differently Ty or Celia make up a story and tell it to their daughter while she drifts off to sleep.  Ty, being a bull rodeo champion, is now faced with a totally new roll of being a Dad along with learning all about princesses and princes.  Celia is trying to grasp the reality of love when the spur of the moment marriage to Ty is shattered by his confession the next morning.
Overall, the writing brought to my mind over and over again how God works all things out for our good, even when we aren’t aware of it.  Don’t pass up reading this spectacular story of love and redemption!
My rating is 5 stars.
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