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Overview "I'm not the strong one. I've never been the strong one." So believes Gabby Whitaker in her friendship with DeeDee McAllister. They've been best friends since sixth grade, when headstrong and courageous DeeDee began mapping out their lives. But after twenty years with her husband, DeeDee changes the plan. Nearing forty years old, she wants a baby-now! Two years of infertility, prayers, and outrageous behavior finally result in the birth of DeeDee's demand. Gabby is present for all of it, noting the increasingly strange behavior of her lifelong friend after the baby's birth. Then comes a diagnosis that threatens to shatter their world. Now Gabby must find the strength and faith to carry DeeDee and herself through the dark unknown, but is she up for it?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600061753 ISBN13 9781600061752
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More About Sharon Souza
Sharon K. Souza is the author of Lying on Sunday, Unraveled, Every Good & Perfect Gift, and A Heavenly Christmas in Hometown. She and her husband live in Northern California.
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Honoring friendship in a big way Sep 17, 2008
DeeDee and Gabby have been best friends for most of their lives. And for the majority of their friendship, DeeDee has been the idea person. DeeDee concluded whom each of them should marry and that neither of them would have children. Until DeeDee-approaching her fortieth birthday, changed her mind.
Gabby has been a mostly happy accomplice. After all, DeeDee's plans just made sense. So Gabby plays the supportive friend role through two years on DeeDee's rollercoaster ride through infertility. Just when DeeDee's reproductive life decides to comply with her wishes, Gabby begins to notice that DeeDee isn't really DeeDee anymore.
This is a wonderful book about the love and personalities that bind a friendship together. It is one of those books that I wish I could have written. Sharon Souza handled the infertility aspect of the story with such humor and grace-and by painting it from Gabby's perspective, she was able to get the emotion without too deeply plumbing the depths of despair.
If you are looking for a good and somewhat funny book about infertility, this is it. If you are looking for a good book about friendship, this is it. And, okay, I can't call it a good book about Early Onset Alzheimer's, because that disease is far too depressing to be described in any way as "good," but the end was highly satisfying, anyway.
Armchair Interviews says: A book that is very "satisfying" on many levels.
A Moving Story Jul 27, 2008
Sharon Souza's debut novel captured me from the first chapter. One thing I loved about this story is that it told of a beautiful, loving relationship between two women modeled on the love between David and Jonathan in the Old Testament. Sometimes even loving the most lovable person in the world isn't easy, and Souza illustrated the blessing of doing just that.
Scenes of self-doubt and frustration that revealed the character of Gabby as a flesh-and-blood woman who wrestles with doing the right thing were beautifully written. The story drove toward an issue that would disturb the seemingly perfect lives of her characters to create the ultimate conflict. I was curious about what that would be and how it would play out, and I was satisfied with the turn the story took.
This story ended up being a love story between friends and illustrated the ultimate love story between God and his people. Well done!
Friendship At Its Truest Jun 7, 2008
In her debut novel, Sharon Souza introduces herself as an author of depth, compassion, and faith. Her first book, Every Good and Perfect Gift is a beautiful look at friendship and sacrifice.
Gabby Whitaker and DeeDee McAllister have been best friends since sixth grade. Theirs is a rare and beautiful friendship born of time and shared faith. Gabby always considered DeeDee the strong one and herself the follower.
Not only are they best friends, but they married best friends. As they near their fortieth birthdays, DeeDee announces her decision that she does want to have a baby, despite her adamancy for the past twenty years she didn't. The four embark on a journey of infertility, tests, trials, failures, and the birth of a beautiful baby. Through it all, Gabby and DeeDee's friendship grows ever stronger. After the birth, Gabby becomes increasingly concerned over disturbing changes in DeeDee's behavior. The diagnosis changes everyone's life forever and challenges their faith. Gabby finds the greatest joy is in sacrificing for your friend.
Sharon Souza has written a modern day story similar to the friendship of Jonathon and David in the Old Testament. This heartwarming story will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to call your best friend and say 'thank you.' The characters are as real as your next door neighbors. I highly recommend this book. Maybe give it to your best friend and read it at the same time. Sharon's debut novel leaves the reader eagerly anticipating her next one.
One You Won't Want to Miss May 28, 2008
Every Good & Perfect Gift "adeptly portrays the strengths of friendship, and the wonderful but often difficult relationships between mothers and daughters," as the Publisher's Weekly review says.
What the review doesn't mention is how realistic the characters are and how significant the story is. Written in the first person, but as much about another character as the "I," the novel gives unique voices to both women. And makes the reader care for both.
This book is not light weight. It "adeptly" deals with serious issues (not just friendship, though in saying "just" I'm not implying that friendship isn't a worthy topic to explore. Rather, this novel goes beyond that scope and treats something bigger) and "Souza laudably refuses to succumb to a pat ending that neatly ties up all the loose ends." Rather than frustrating, this ending seemed to me like the only one possible.
At one point, the PW review called Every Good & Perfect Gift "poignant." That's a good word to describe the story. "Sad" is inaccurate because the story has more to say than "what happened in the end." Besides, in places, the journey to the end is itself poignant.
At times I was laughing, at other times I wanted to shake one or both characters, but in the end I cried. And cried. If one sign of a successful novel is that it evokes emotion in the reader, then Sharon Souza has written one very successful novel.
Mind you, it is most definitely women's fiction. It is contemporary, and it may touch on some raw edges for some people. But in so doing, it also might help those readers process what is almost an untouchable subject (or subjects) among Christians.
Yes, this book is also overtly Christian, but without any platitudes or pretension. It is simply a moving story, one that touched me even though I am far from the target audience. Good books have a way of doing just that.
Great job, Sharon! May 21, 2008
I loved Sharon's book. Her prose was fresh and original. She wrote it in first-person point of view, which is my favorite approach. It's challenging to do, and she made it look easy. She wrote with such depth and heart, I have to applaud her! I highly recommend "Every Good and Perfect Gift."