Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie;
if weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9
One theme that continues throughout Scripture is that our lives are but a vapor. Somehow we have this perception that we are so important – some feel this because they are rich, some because they are beautiful, others because they don’t care about these things. There are so many forms of pride we cling to, trying to add significance to our lives in ways God never intended.
God requires a humble heart. One that is just, honest, and pure. A heart that loves mercy. These are the things that are valuable to Him. I believe that it is these characteristics which give substance to our lives.
Fit to Be Tied
by Debby Mayne
Series: Bucklin Family Reunion #2
Published by Gilead Publishing
Publication Date August 28, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: Mississippi Contemporary
Written for: Adults
The Bucklin family loves each other too much to stay away. . . but not enough to behave.
Being rich is fine, but when wealth comes from striking oil, it can make a slippery mess for a family who doesn’t know what to do with it. The Bucklin cousins are all together again, and this family reunion is shaping up to be another hot mess.
Coralee falls for the police officer who pulls her over. Sally has finally found a guy, but now she’s not sure a relationship is even worth the bother. No matter how hard Brett tries to avoid trouble, he somehow stumbles right back into the thick of it. And Marybeth and Bucky continue to fumble and bumble as they learn just how to handle being rich.
The Bucklin family is known for drama—and family drama knows no bounds.
I would like to thank Gilead Publishing, Netgalley for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: High Cotton
Being wealthy isn’t all it is cracked up to be! Marybeth and Bucky had more money than they knew what to do with and yet there was so much contention in their marriage. Most of the family disliked them – and for good reason – they were pretentious and full of themselves.
With the profusion of “billionaire” romance books on the market and a society that idolizes the rich and famous, Fit to be Tied was a refreshing change as it dealt with what the Jesus calls “the deceitfulness of riches” that choke out the Word and cause us to be unfruitful.
The contrast between Marybeth and Bucky and Sara and Sally, all of whom were wealthy, was interesting. While the older couple, especially Bucky, loved to flaunt their wealth, they hadn’t done much of anything to acquire it. Sara and Sally, on the other hand, had created their own goldmine by making bows for little girls and selling them online. They hid the success of their enterprise from their entire family, choosing instead to live modestly.
As in the first book, Sally was one of four characters narrating. Marybeth, and two of the younger cousins, Coralee and Brett were the other voices used. Each of these characters struggled with their perception of themselves and lacked confidence and were able to work through this in the story.
Fit to be Tied was good and was well-written with some clever quips and cute situations, though it did drag a little in places. The series does go together. Many of the issues were resolved, but there are still a few that will most likely be wrapped up in future books in this series.