I am super excited to be sharing about Freedom with y’all today. This is probably one of my all time favorite books ever. It is so good. I’ll stop gushing up here and you can just scroll down to read me fangirl more. 😉 Before we begin I just want to clear up one thing.
Many of you know about the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why. If you don’t, it is a series centered around a young girl’s suicide. There’s debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl’s suicide—13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, Faith and Kaitlyn decided to name their blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour—but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living.
A reason to live is laughter. God has given us laughter to cheer us up from even the darkest places. Have you ever heard that laughter is the cure for anything? I believe it is. I don’t mean just a slight chuckle I mean a full out, belly hurting, laugh. I know that no matter how I’m feeling if something happens – or someone says something – that is hilarious, I am out of my mood instantly just because of laughing. God wants us to have joy and be happy. He wants us to have laughter in our lives. Don’t punish yourself by not laughing. You will find that it is amazing how much laughter helps.
Freedom (Liberty Battlegrounds #1)
By: Faith Potts
Publisher: Individual Published
Release Date: September 10th, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 310 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon
Add On: Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.
Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.
When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?
A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness?
*wipes tears out of my eyes*
This book was beautiful. It was so beautiful that I honestly have no words to describe how amazing this book was. This book is something that is near and dear to my heart. This book deserves to win awards and become a bestseller.
The story line of this book is honestly something really close to my heart. I have always had a passion for our military but as of last year, I really started having a passion for veterans. Especially those with PTSD. When I heard that Faith, one of my all time favorite authors, was writing a book about this topic I immediately knew that I had to get my hands on a copy.
The topic of suicide is definitely one that I have encountered in my life. I have had two friends who have threatened it and honestly it is one of the scariest things to go through. Your heart literally stops and there is nothing in the world you want to do more then wrap your arms around them and pray. I wanted to help in anyway possible but you also feel so helpless. Y’all it is scary having someone who you love tell you that they are complicating taking their own life.
The characters in this book were amazing and I love each and every one of them dearly. Alex was someone who I could relate to on a lot of things. I could see myself in her. I connected with her character right away. There was never a moment that I felt like I wasn’t connected.
James was a broken, cinnamon roll that I wanted to hug so badly throughout this book. I felt his pain. It was real. I teared up multiple times and nearly started sobbing a points. James’ story is a beautiful picture of how the love of Christians and God can change a man’s life. I personally think that this had to be one of my all time favorite character developments ever. It warmed and broke my heart more then once. Yet, I wouldn’t change a thing about his story.
I cannot forget to talk about Uncle Joe and Aunt Gloria. They were hands down some of the best parent roles in a book. I loved their wisdom, faith, and their wittiness that was including all throughout this beautiful masterpiece.
James’ and Alex’s relationship was too die for. I loved the how authentic is was. I loved their sarcasm and how they would joke around with each other. Yet, they were seriously about long term commitment. They knew that they would go through hard times together yet they trusted God and went for it. I just loved reading their love story and seeing how God worked everything out for the greater good.
As I have mentioned throughout my review, this book was full of faith content that wasn’t over preachy nor was it watered down. I was beaming and teary eyed at moments throughout this book. I especially loved the one scene in church – I won’t go into any details about it due to spoilers – really touched me and moved me in a way that had me in tears.
Without a doubt, this is probably going to be in my top reads of all time. I cannot say enough to even gleam how beautiful this book is. I cannot even begin to describe how truly amazing it is. Maybe I’m being biased because I have such a heart for this and I am a huge pro-military gal. But this book is one that I believe people should read. It is a light enough read to get the real nitty grittiness of PTSD and suicide. It shows what our veterans and servicemen/women are going through everyday. It opens peoples hearts to the true horrors of war.
Before I finish this review, I just want to pause and take a moment to thank every single one of our veterans, servicemen/women, their significant others, and their families. These people may not know it, but they are some of the most selfless people that I know. The men and women fighting are giving their lives up for our freedom and our country. Their families are going through deployments and fears of what tomorrow may hold. Yet, they still do it anyway.
So I just want to thank every single one of you who is either in the military, has served, is a significant other, is a son/daughter, brother/sister, mom or dad. I just want to thank y’all for your sacrifices and know that there are still people out there praying and grateful for you!!
*FTC: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.*
About the Author
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.
Y’all should totally enter this giveaway. Just look at what Faith and Kaitlyn are giving away. Um, YES PLEASE! 😍 You can enter here
I will be interviewing Kaitlyn on the 10th so be sure to keep your eyes open for that. You will not want to miss it!!