Full Name of book: Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A heartwarming true story of grace, God and gumption.
Received: kindle version of book
Author: Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell
Price: Currently on Amazon is $10.99
Reviewed for Blogging for Books.
You get hooked in, wondering how it's all going to turn out. How would Shay respond to Miss Brenda, what would happen with Terry, would things resolve with the neighbours and so much more. You just want to KNOW what God is going to do in the life of Miss Brenda and her loveladies. It was fascinating and interesting to read how God worked in the lives of all the people involved.
I have to admit, I found it challenging to read in some ways. I find it hard to put into words why i found it challenging... perhaps the fact that Miss Brenda was so willing to just give money away hand over fist to the people that she was serving, so much so that she was in trouble financially. I found that a difficult concept to wrap my head around. Also how she stuck to her guns over her husbands disapproval. Hard to balance that all out in my head.
Did something good come out of it? For sure.... but I don't know... I just feel disquieted within about how her hubby was disregarded to a certain extent.... the whole leadership/headship principle seemed ignored BUT her hubby did, over time become involved in the center and it's operations so it's hard to fight against the end result. Perhaps it was how God wanted it to be. Give a lady a vision, give her the strength and determination to continue, nudge hubby along (through her determination and heart) even though he objects and watch what happens in the end.
So many women, coming out of prison, and finding hope, learning new skills, learning about God and having their lives change for the better. This is God at work, and this book points us back to God ALL THE TIME. It's God at work. Not Miss Brenda. Not the ladies themselves but God.
And so I can honestly encourage anyone to read this book. Perhaps not younger children, but older children, teens and adults. It's a good book about God's redemptive work in the lives of folks many want to ignore or run away from. Folks often don't want to spend time with prisoners, and women prisoners can just be a scary lot to deal with. But here, in the pages of this book, we see they are real people, with real issues and some hard stories behind them. Here we see God at work, changing their lives for the better, and this is a good thing. :)