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We've all heard it a million times before: you should never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, if that was a law, I'd have been guilty of breaking it more than once. True, I usually read the back of a book cover before I make my final decision, but what usually draws me into reading a book in the first place is solely its cover (don't lie- I bet you do that too!). And that's exactly what happened with this one. Just look at the beautiful cover and its hardcover-ness! I'm not normally a hardcover fan for practical reasons but the size of this one works well and fit comfortably in my hands, FYI.
I Don't Wait Anymore is a memoir and inspirational story written by blogger Grace Thornton. Initially, I didn't realize this was a story based on Christian faith but obviously the BookLook Bloggers program is a Christian publishing website- I just kinda didn't realize that before this. Personally, I grew up with a Christian background and though I don't really choose to talk about faith and deeper topics on here simply because I would never want to exclude anyone, I think this book can appeal to people who aren't necessarily religious but just need a little bit of an inspirational read- to give you a little boost when things don't always go as planned.
The story tells of Grace and how she expected that her life would be perfectly planned out the way she'd always imagined (married with kids by her late 20s) but began to feel a bit cheated when it didn't happen accordingly. Most teen and young adult girls can relate- a life you've envisioned in your head for the longest time and suddenly you realize the pieces just aren't falling into place the way YOU want them to. That's how Grace was but then she decided to let her faith take over and gave it over to God and trusted Him to guide her every step of the way. She began to live her life solely for God and chose to overlook her own selfish desires.
I like how honest Grace was with herself throughout the story. It felt a lot like I was reading a personal diary which was interesting but at times also a bit hard to follow as some of the thoughts didn't easily flow into each other. Apparently this book was based off of Grace's original blog post of the same subject- which I have yet to read- but interestingly, I did feel like the book was one long blog post. There were raw moments and funny moments but a few times it was almost repetitive in its overall message (give your life to God, live for Him, and don't expect life to be anything like you imagined unless it's in His plan). I'd say this book was written with a female audience in mind, probably best for ages 16-30.
I wanted to like the book as much as I loved the cover- you should see the pages, they're pretty and shiny like magazine pages- and I am glad I read it at least once. I think if you happen to come across this book, you should give it a read or it would also make a thoughtful gift for a friend who might be needing a bit of guidance and hope. I was able to appreciate the overall inspirational intention of the book and like I said, I am glad I read it once, but I was kind of left feeling like, ok, so yes, this is life, God has a plan for me and then I'm done and hopefully Heaven is better than I can imagine. Which I kinda knew all along and doesn't really leave me feeling on top of the world just yet (I'm only human, after all). Just, you know, you get the life you're given and don't complain but enjoy all the good moments because there's a lot to be thankful for...
So basically, to sum it all up, I'd give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.