Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Review: The Perfect Life

The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher is the latest installment in Women of Faith fiction. This book makes a great addition to the collection.

Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Perfect marriage. Perfect daughters with their own perfect lives. The respect of the church and community. Then a woman goes to the press, claiming that Katherine's husband Brad Clarkson had an affair with her and embezzled money from his charity. With those claims, Katherine’s perfect life falls apart.

As I read this book, I found myself fluctuating between two extremes. On one hand I wanted to shake Katherine out of her daze of self-pity and tell her to pick up and move on. On the other hand, I could relate to that daze. It is so easy in today’s world to get sucked into the importance of appearances and perfection that it is almost impossible to let go and admit we need help. This book highlights that dichotomy in stark contrast.

I’ve tried to decide why I reacted to the book like I did, and think it’s because the author quickly draw characters that we can relate to. We all know someone like Katherine (if it isn’t us) and we’ve all see the extremes that the supporting characters added.

The real struggle for Katherine is whether she would trust even when she could never had a definitive answer. Trust her husband who’s been accused of unfaithfulness. Trust God when her Christianity is tested by adversity.

This book is wonderfully woven and will make you think as you read.

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