Friday, October 2, 2009

"It's Not About Him" Book Review and Giveaway!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

It's Not About Him

Sheaf House (September 1, 2009)


Michelle Sutton

I enjoyed the first book in this series, full of hard hitting truth and uncomfortable scenarios it was definitely edgy but well done. Now for book #2 where would Michelle take me? Whoa! Susie is back from book #1 and she is very pregnant. She got pregnant in the first book after getting really drunk at a party and waking up undressed and not knowing what had happened. When she finds out later she is pregnant, she doesn't even know who the father is. Her own dad wants her to abort the baby but she opts for adoption. We open the first chapter with Susie going into labor at the grocery store with her best friend Jeff (who's party she got pregnant at) who has stuck by her through the whole pregnancy. He is trying to convince her to marry him and raise the baby together, but she is determined to give her baby a solid, Christian home. She has a baby girl, Melissa Sue, and hands her over to her friends Dave and Diane. Then the story really gets started.

What does a mother go through after giving up her baby, even when they know that it is in the baby's best interest? This book was a new and fresh insight for me and I thought it was very well done - the gamut of emotions- joy, anger, bitterness, depression, sadness, resignation. Then of course the other issues Susie runs into, how to deal with Jeff loving her (and his own issues with adoption), having flashbacks to the rape, running into the guy that could've done it. Jeff is experiencing problems of his own including his friend Tony and his decision to go to the next (and last) level with his girlfriend and the fallout from that.

Overall this book was even more emotional than the first one, but I really liked Michelle's subject matter and how she handled it all. Edgy inspirational is right and a well earned title.
Michelle will autograph and send a copy of this book to one lucky winner! So leave me a comment telling me if you personally have any connections to adoption and what it has meant to you and your family. Be sure to leave your email and I will draw for one lucky winnner!


Michelle Sutton, otherwise known as the Edgy Inspirational Author, is Editor-in-chief of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, a member of ACFW, a social worker by trade, and a prolific reader/book reviewer/blogger the rest of the time.

She lives in Arizona with her husband of nineteen years and her two teenaged sons. Michelle is also the author of It's Not about Me (2008) and It's Not About Him (Sheaf House 2009). She has nine other titles releasing over the next three years.


Susie passed out while drinking at Jeff’s party and later discovered she’s pregnant. She has no idea who the father is and considers having an abortion, but instead decides to place her baby for adoption. Following through ends up being more wrenching than she imagined, but she’s determined to do the right thing for her baby.

Jeff feels guilty that Susie was taken advantage of at his party and offers to marry her so she won’t have to give up her baby, like his birth mother did with him. But Susie refuses, insisting he should he marry someone he loves. Can he convince her that his love is genuine before it’s too late? Can she make him understand that it’s not about him—it’s about what’s best for her child?

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of It's Not About Him, go HERE


Cherie J said...

Would love to read this wonderful book and then pass it on to my teenage niece. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. As far as a connection to adoption goes, my hubby and I are strong advocates for it. My hubby was adopted as a child. When we were going through premarital counseling we discussed having children and we decided that we would adopt a child if we could not have one naturally. We did not want to go through the agony some couples go through doing the fertility treatments route. We thought that no matter how difficult a process adoption can be this day and age that if we could not have children naturally we wanted to provide a loving home for a child as his mom did for him.


hippmom said...

I haven't read Michelle's 1st book in this series but this one looks intense. My best friend is adopted and knows nothing of her birth parents. I am grateful she and her family are in my life.

Thanks, Janna.

Lora Lease said...

Just finished the 1st book last night, and will be passing it on through PBS (really enjoyed it!), but think it's a little too heavy to pass on to Katy or McKenna.

I have 2 adopted uncles, and have always had a heart to adopt (looking into Liberia right now). Who knows? :)

Please enter me in the contest.

AmandaSue said...

I read the first book and can't wait to read this one. One of my ex's was adopted and knows nothing about his birthparents and my best friend is considering adoption since she is unable to concieve.


Stacie said...

My ex husband was adopted by his uncle and didn't find out that he was adopted until he was 20 years old. It was hard for him to deal with at first because he felt he had been lied to his whole life.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks. I have several cousins who were adopted. I also have many nieces and nephews who were adopted.

Martha A. said...

I would love to be entered. I know a friend who is considering giving up her baby for adoption. martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I not very personally. I have several friends who have adopted from Africa and that was a special experience for me...

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

Doreen said...

I don't have any personal connections to adoption. I read Michelle's 1st book in the series and enjoyed it! I would love to have the chance to win a copy of 'It's Not About Him'! Thanks. purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Aik said...

One of my friends, whom we nicknamed "Ah Fat", found out that he was an adopted child after he had a blood test. He told us that his blood group is B while his parents' were O, and there's no way he can be their child. However, he chose to keep quiet because it might hurt his parents when they knew he had found out the truth.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

Great book! Don't need to enter me. You'll love it. The emotions are off the page yet realistic.

Jo said...

This sounds like such a interesting book to read no matter what age a person is. I would love to read it and than pass it on to some of the teenage girls at church.


Jessica said...

I have some dear friends who have been trying to adopt for several years.

rubynreba said...

I know a couple who couldn't have children who adopted a young girl. They all seem to be getting along great but I don't know them well enough where they have shared any troubles they might be having.
This looks like a very good book. Thanks.

Lady Araujo said...

A friend of mine is adopted. She's thankful for her family who adopted her and loved her.


Anonymous said...

I have several friends who were adopted...thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful book.

karen k

Diana D said...

Sounds like a book every teenager should read. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

My pastor's wife was adopted and she talks about how amazing it has always been to her that someone CHOSE her, and how much it still means when people choose to spend time with her. My parents have two friends who have adopted, both of them choosing to open their homes to special needs children. Such a wonderful ministry and a blessing all the way around.


Michelle Sutton said...

Hey everyone. Thanks so much for the comments about my first book. I hope if you don't win that you'll check out my second even if it's just ordering a copy through your library. :)

Carman said...

I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

I don't really have any connections with adoption. I have one cousin who was adopted, but that is it. She fits into the family very well, and I tend to forget that she isn't a "blood relative". She is family. :D

Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Sherry Kuhn said...

I have read the first book and would love to read this one.

My aunt and uncle adopted a boy who was about 13 months old whose mom died during gastric bypass surgery.

Thanks for entering me in the drawing.


Donald James Parker said...

I love to see Christian fiction and the word Cornhusker in the same blog!! Go Michelle, go Janna, and go Huskers (sorry Deb Raney, who is a Kansas State fan).
I'd love to win a Michelle book. Only have read one so far.
Donald James Parker
Author of Love Waits

Cheryl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in this contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Deborah said...

I read the first book and enjoyed it very much. And am looking forward to the second. My daughter was pregnant and acutally made the choice to adopt out, but chose a family in our church-although very very rare, it has been an open adoption, I see my granddaughter all the time and we are very close to the adoptive family as well-something that I call "a God thing" but we were friends with them long before she knew she was pregnant. I know this would not work for everyone. I sometimes sit an wonder and I really can only Praise God.
Please enter me in the drawing.

Janna said...

And the winner is...