Finished Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.

I absolutely adore this book, and Rachel.

Rachel genuinely enjoys taking care of her siblings and spending time with her family.  But at the same time, she’s smart and wants to learn more about the world (and when I say that, I don’t mean pop culture; instead, she wants to know how things work, and more about…well, everything).  She read A Wrinkle in Time (an impulse buy that she talked her mom into getting her) and is absolutely in love with it.  Except…her family doesn’t really want her to do anything that would interfere with her future as a wife and mother.  And reading “controversial” books unequivocally do not count.

I feel like Rachel could have easily have become someone who is incredibly anti-religion (her family and their church are fairly awful) but she doesn’t.  She still believes in God and considers her curiosity to be a gift.

I haven’t read Jennifer Mathieu’s other book, but now I really want to.




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