Title: You’re the One that I Want
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale Publishing House
“Please, God, save us – I promise to fix it if You just save us,” Owen begs in Susan May Warren’s novel, You’re the One that I Want.
~ What ~
The sixth book in the A Christensen Family series, this three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page book targets those who enjoy clean Christian romance and family dynamics with a touch of suspense. With no profanity, adult topics of premarital sex, dying, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this continuing family-focused drama, Owen is trying to flee his past of getting a one-night-stand pregnant by escaping on a crab-fishing boat in Alaska. Filled with shame, guilt, and regret, he has little faith that God in on his side. When Own rescues Scotty, the captain’s daughter, the impulsive, broken man feels unworthy to be loved. Scotty, who is dealing with past insecurities being a cop, is challenged by Owen’s impulsive behavior, especially when she escorts Owen’s brother back to Deep Haven for a crime he says he never committed.
With the theme of grace and love over-shadowing past mistakes and the wake they cause in relationships, the tale promotes having faith not only in God but also in each other and oneself. Some readers may walk away understanding that by the grace of God, they too are forgiven and can move on with their lives.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Christian romance will pass on this story that explains God’s forgiveness and grace through faith. Although it can be read as a stand-alone book, starting with the first book in the series to know the characters better is recommended.
~ Who ~
The author of over forty-five novels, Warren has lived all over the world, including being a missionary in Serbia Russia. Winner of several prestigious writing awards, she has sold over one million books. She lives in Minnesota with her husband family.
~ Wish ~
Having read all six in the series, I found this one having the best underlying meaning by focusing on faith in God. With all the marriages and children throughout the stories, it would be helpful to have a list of each member in the family for reference.
~ Want ~
If you like a series that shows the good and bad in family relationships while promoting spiritual-filled romance, this one that mimics the Biblical prodigal son returning will remind you that supposed “second chances” are part of God’s plan.
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