In Spite of Ourselves by Jennifer Rodewald – Book Review

Posted July 28, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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In Spite of Ourselves by Jennifer Rodewald – Book Review

In Spite of Ourselves

by Jennifer Rodewald

five-stars
Series: , Murphy Brothers #2
Published by Rooted Publishing
Publication Date July 28, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 222

Synopsis:

Who could build a life on such a monumental mistake?

Jackson Murphy: family prankster, class clown… and now, smack in the middle of a Vegas-sized mess. All he’d wanted was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After failing that goal, he slipped into a deep, sulking valley, only to emerge from it with a much bigger problem. He’s married. To a complete stranger! Forget making a world-class marathon so that his family will believe that (1) he’s capable of being grown up and serious on occasion and (2) he doesn’t need the ongoing pity about his brother and a certain ex-girlfriend.

Now? Now he has no idea what to do.

Mackenzie Murphy: independent woman and excellent student—but not a med student. Because those pesky MCATs were H-A-R-D. She doesn’t particularly mind that much, seeing as she’s never really wanted to be a doctor, but her mother will be…uh, displeased. Exceptionally. That’s nothing, however, compared to how Mother will respond if she finds out what else happened in Vegas.

Mackenzie wants out. Jackson wants a chance. Neither of them is prepared for what’s coming. Caught in the middle of a disaster that keeps getting bigger, they hardly dare ask: Can God take their monumental mistake and turn it into a beautiful life?

In Spite of Ourselves, Book 13 in The Potter's House Books Series Two, is an uplifting and inspiring story of hope, redemption and second chances. It is also book Two in Jennifer Rodewald's Murphy Brother Stories (book One is Always You). Grab your copy and be encouraged today.

I would like to thank Jennifer Rodewald for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


Also in this series: Always You: A Murphy Brothers Story

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I loved In Spite of Ourselves, a touching story of two people who had never felt they were good enough for their families and how they learned to set their eyes on the One to whom they always mattered.

Jackson Murphy is wonderful! Despite his mistake of getting so drunk he would marry a stranger, he was really a great guy. And you can’t argue with me about that because I know. I read the story! And getting drunk wasn’t his MO. It was so sweet the way he took responsibility for his actions. Granted, at first it was to hide his behavior from his parents. Then it was because it was the right thing to do. And, because this is a romance, eventually because of love.

Mackenzie was a little bristly. While I often take exception to characters like her and tend to not like them, however author Jennifer Rodewald showed so much of Mackenzie’s heart and motivations, especially her fear, I was able to understand and empathize with her. The lies her mother had taught her had caused her to live in fear and loneliness. What a pleasure to watch her blossom under the kindness and love shown her by Jackson and his parents.

Spiritual lessons abound! I enjoyed the illustrations from Bob Ross’ teachings and the way he would take what looks like a mess and make it beautiful and how Helen, Jackson’s mom, shared from that how God makes the messes of our lives beautiful as well.

Witty repartee peppers In Spite of Ourselves, not making light of the situation and yet keeping it from getting too serious or deep. There was a great blend of seriousness and humor. Mackenzie’s lack of pop culture knowledge resulted in some fun confusion as well.

This is a deeply moving story. It stands alone and yet the crazy Murphy Brothers and their parents are in it as well. You certainly don’t have to read the entire series to enjoy it but then again, why wouldn’t you?

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About Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald (aka J. Rodes) leans toward raw honesty, and isn’t afraid of dark places, because she knows the Light will always break through. Writing for her is a journey of learning. Life on the plains with her personal superman has been pretty awesome—sprinkled with dark and light places. They have four kids to keep things chaotically interesting, and her favorite advice to them is “to be your best weird self.” Jen’s tendency to be loud—she calls it a blessing to have a “coach’s voice”—is a family trait. Ultimately, she believes Love has conquered all—we just haven’t reached the HEA ending yet.

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