Today, I’m reviewing the second book I finished in my book challenge. It’s called Letters to Saint Lydia by Melinda Johnson. Okay, not going to lie… I read this book in 5.5, maybe 6, hours on the same day I finished The Holy Angels and LOVED every minute of it. Yes I was then up way too late and was very tire the next morning, but I still think it was worth it.
This one had been on my list to read for a while because I had heard so many good things about it from a mom’s group I’m a part of on Facebook. I didn’t feel an urgency to read it because I knew it was geared more for teen/young women, However, reading it as a 30-something mother, who has already fought through the mother-daughter relationship, questioned my faith and come to know Christ (although baptism doesn’t mean this journey is over, in fact it is just a beginning), and navigated the rough seas of men and love, I felt like I could have been nearly any character in the book.
Melinda wrote it with such thought and feeling that it’s easy to read and empathize. I think it has something for everyone. It is a definite must read for women, especially young women at the crossroads of adulthood, but there are reminders and wisdom that are good for all readers. The fictional story is engaging and honest about normal stresses and pressures as well as the thought processes involved in them.
I know I’m gushing, but I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. If I had read this book as a teen it would have taken me longer because I would have had to process the struggles I was facing in real life and what the book was saying, but I also think it would have helped me through the loneliness that is often felt at that time of life.
Thank you Melinda Johnson! I can’t wait to read more of your works.
How is your reading going? Are you on tract to meet your goal?