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Book Review: Falling Free

It’s so rare for me to put a book down without finishing it. I did skip to the end because I assumed there must be a more definitive explanation for why Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanteddecided it was God’s will for her family to sell their dream home in the country and end up in Goshen, Indiana.


The explanation isn’t there. Instead, the author likes to throw out platitudes and Bible verses and hope they make sense. And they almost do, but without concrete examples and explanations, they fall flat. I want explanations and examples, and got preaching and platitudes. Her blog, “Flower Patch Farmgirl” was so lovely. Her beautiful voice doesn’t translate to this book. The premise is there, but the delivery falls short. There is too much missing, too many unanswered questions.

I love what the author stands for; simplifying, follow Jesus, loving and giving. She invests her time and her money in helping others. I just didn’t love this book. I would love to see her blogging again, however.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

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