If there is something 2020 has given me, it has been more time. More time to especially grow, in all aspects of that phrase. I have been able to read a lot more, away from the one book a month thing I already had going on. I am currently on book 18 and loving every single bit. Let’s see whether we will get to book 20 (fingers crossed).
Let’s delve into today’s read, yes?
I had recommended this book to my younger sister over a year ago, and so by the time I got to read it, I had a rough idea of what the story was all about.
How she got pregnant at 13, gave birth at 14, went through a very public divorce, and well, later happily remarried.
But, let me tell you, I didn’t know even half of it.
Let’s pause for a second…
I was having a discussion with one of my friends a while back and we were talking about this whole preacher’s kid thing, and how society expects them to behave.
Many times, preacher’s kids grow up with the world expecting them to live by what their preacher parent(s) preaches. If they do or say something that is considered to be unacceptable by society, they many times, end up feeling humiliated. But if a different kid – whose parent is not a preacher does the same, it may be considered not so huge a mistake.
My question has always been, why is this case?
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comment section below.
Anyway, the book…
Sarah Jakes is the youngest daughter of a preacher I am sure many of you know – T.D Jakes.
Growing up, she struggled to find her identity away from being the famous preacher’s kid. She was trying so hard to be just Sarah, and not “Sarah T.D Jakes’ daughter.” Well, her trying so hard, led her to try out other things.
She became a young mum and even though she had the support of her parents in raising her son, she still had to finish school and get a job.
During that time, she struggled with the need to feel accepted and feel like she had paid for the ‘sin’ of getting a child out of wedlock. She found herself in a really abusive relationship (I will spare you the details which are all in the book), and through it, got married, had a daughter, and later divorced.
There are so many times in the book where I felt that I could easily have been her. And I’m sure many of you will relate after reading the book.
Sarah bore her heart and soul into this book in such an honest and open way, and there is definitely a lot to learn from her.
You may have been lost in a different aspect, but God’s grace is sufficient.
When God chooses to trust us with grace, it’s because He believes that we’re capable of doing things better than we did before.Sarah Jakes
I highly recommend that you read this book!
See You Next Week!