Beginning this week, I will be posting a review here every Monday in January. Please read the review and post a comment. At the end of the month, I will choose the best comment and award the winner an autographed Advance Reading Copy of my latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter. You may post a comment on each book review, increasing your chances to win.
The first book I am reviewing is Not Easily Broken—October 2006, a fiction work by author and pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes.
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Not Easily Broken–by T. D. Jakes
Clarice Johnson is beautiful, ambitious, and driven. Fiercely independent, she has no patience for an adoring husband who seemingly has no desire to become more than he is right now. Clarice’s husband Dave is a down to earth blue collar kind of guy who runs a successful janitorial service and coaches a little league team of underprivileged youth.
When the couple is involved in an automobile accident, Clarice becomes dependent on others for the first time in her life. She has been told by her mother since childhood that she must never put herself at the mercy of another–especially a man–because they will always let her down.
An attraction develops between Dave and Clarice’s physical therapist, Julie. As Clarice’s depression mounts, Dave turns to Julie, who reminds him what it’s like to be needed.
Dialog is not Bishop Jakes’s strong suit. There’s a lot of white space containing passages such as:
“Hi, how are you?”
“Fine, and you?”
“Good, good.” before finally getting down to business. Other conversations are cut off and stilted, which might’ve provided greater character insight. For instance during a counseling session, just as the conversation gets meaty, the author sums up the session and the characters schedule another.
The book sometimes reads like a carefully veiled sermon. Because of this and dialog that often bogs down the progression of the story, I am giving it 3 stars. I believe Not Easily Broken can and will minister to people who find themselves wondering if the grass is truly greener on the other side of the fence. Many marriages turn into a “What’s in this for me?” situation that leads to pain and frustration. I think all couples question their choices at one time or another and get too wrapped up in themselves to consider the needs of the other person in the relationship.
The author has obviously seen this too much in his years behind the pulpit and knows from where he’s writing. Fortunately he does not wrap up the couple’s problems in the end in a neat little package. Life seldom happens that way. My main complaint about the book is that I was too aware of the author during the course of the story. All in all, a good story that will stay with the reader for a long time.
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