Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Review - I'll Know You By Heart by Kimberly Job

While reading this book, I remembered years ago when I was a little girl and playing with my friend in her basement. We were having a good time when all at once her parents came home. We heard them enter the house upstairs…and then there was loud shouting, and it sounded like a bookcase landed on the floor above our heads. There was more shouting and again a loud thud. I looked to my friend wondering why she didn’t run upstairs to find out what was happening. She wasn't frightened like I expected, nope instead she was angry and sad.

She said, “They're fighting again.” She went on to explain that her parents actually had knock-down, drag-out fights. I was shocked and worried for my friend. I wanted her to come home with me, but she wouldn't. She helped me escape the house, and I remember running home grateful that my parents did not fight like that. They had disagreements, but I never heard them yell at each other, let alone hit each other.

As I have grown up, I realized I have lived a very lucky and sheltered life, not only in my youth, but in my adulthood as well, for I married a kind and gentle man. We have disagreements, but my husband has never nor would he ever hit me. When I started reading Kimberly Job’s new book, I’ll Know You By Heart, I had no idea this was going to be a book about spousal abuse. I was tempted to put it down. But as I read I realized Job has written a very moving and touching story.

Though, I must be honest, as I read I was a little frustrated at first with the main character, Stephanie. She’d learned early on in her marriage that Mark, her husband, was abusive, yet she stayed with him and had children. Then I remembered another close friend of mine, who escaped an abusive relationship with her first husband. She told me that a woman in that situation is always hoping her husband will change and that he’ll be the man she fell in love with. AND some women in such situations have such low self esteem that for some reason they feel as though they deserve the abuse, and they stay because they think they have no choice. They don’t know how to provide for themselves and their spirits are so damaged they can’t reason. So is the case with Stephanie in this book. And it isn’t until her husband hits their son, Tyson, that Stephanie finally realizes she has to do something.

One of my favorite character’s in the book is Tyson. What a brave little kid! Remembering that incident from my childhood when I was in the basement of my friend’s house and seeing the look on her face, my heart went out to Tyson and what he and his sisters had to endure before their mother realized the damage that was being done to them.

Here’s the back liner of the book.

The day Stephanie Roberts met Jared Wakefield, she didn’t realize they had met before. Running from an abusive marriage and trying to safeguard her children, Stephanie turns to Jared for support—but he needs more from her than she might be capable of giving. With her abusive husband looming in her past, the difficulties they must overcome seem insurmountable. Is it possible for love to conquer all? I’ll Know You By Heart is a timeless romance that explores the possibility that relationships span the entire realm of eternity—a story about abuse, hardship, and betrayal—ultimately a story about the healing power of everlasting true love.

 I’ll Know You By Heart is not only a book about an abused woman, but it’s also about faith, hope, joy and love.

You can by this book here.

(This book was published by Valor Publishing. I received a free book to review, but I have no vested interest in its success. I reviewed it because I liked it.)

20 comments:

  1. Wow! that sounds like a book I need to get my hands on!!
    Lucky for you you got to review it for free! AWESOME!!

    So many books! So little time!

    And I HAVE to write my OWN book too...*SIGH*

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  2. Thanks for the review, Kathi. It was so nice to finally meet you in person at the conference.

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  3. what a lovely review!

    i'll definitely have to consider it!!

    thanks so much for sharing :D

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  4. I grew up in a loving, sheltered household, too, and my husband is the kindest, most selfless person I know. I can't imagine being in an abusive relationship; I would never put up with it anyway. My heart goes out to the families in those situations. This book sounds like a tearjerker!

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  5. It is a great book. I hope you read it. You're right, there are so many book and so little time. :0)

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  6. Kim, you've written a great book! I was honored to read it. I'm so glad our paths crossed at the conference. :)

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  7. Tahereh,I'm glad you liked my review. It's a wonderful book. Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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  8. Laura, it is a tearjerker, but it also is a book of hope. And, of course, it's a love story as well.

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  9. I have been so blessed to have grown up in a good home and have a good marriage now. But it breaks my heart to hear about abuse. I hope this book will touch others in this situation and they will be able to break free from the abuse.
    Great review Kathi! Congrats on the book Kim. =)

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  10. Carolyn, I hope the book finds those in similar situations, too. Kim's book let's them know they can break free from the cycle of abuse. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I had a magical childhood - not lots of money, but lots of love and laughter.

    I have a tough time reading about any kind of abuse. I've taught too many kids who've lived in houses where abuse is common. It's so difficult.

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  12. That sounds like a powerful and interesting read. I'll have to check it out. :) Thanks for the review!

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  13. Jemi, I understand. I have a hard time reading it, too. But as I said in my review, I've had friends who lived through abuse, so I do empathize with what they went through. Thank heavens for strong women with courage who escape such horrible situations.

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  14. Jenn, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the book. :0)

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  15. Thank you for the perceptive review. You make me want to read it. Roland

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  16. That sounds like an interesting book, one with a topic I don't normally read. Although I have read several books on spousal abuse from a Middle Eastern perspective.

    Thanks for the review!

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  17. Thanks, Roland. I appreciate your stopping by.

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  18. Stephanie, you make me wonder what a Middle Eastern perspective would be. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. It took me a long time to get to your blog, but I have done so finally!!!
    Will be back for more later, but right now, I just had to tell you how much I love your profile!!!

    ~ Rayna

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  20. Rayna, I'm glad you found me!!! Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by. :0)

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