published by Hope Springs Books 2013
Sometimes I find myself looking forward to reading a book by an author who writes about one of today's social issues. Wisdom to Know was no exception. I found that Elizabeth Maddrey portrayed a true and accurate account of one of today's main hot topics. Even though she did not shy from writing about the consequences of this sin and how grace saves us, the book's topic alone was not enough to warrant more than an "okay".
I felt as though the author needed to show how the decision to abort the baby came about. Lydia had no argument, no self-doubt. One sentence and the decision was done. Afterwards, two paragraphs were all that showed of her regrets. What was needed was for the reader to see the character arguments, her despair, her feeling of hopelessness, then her fall from faith and into the dark world of drugs and prostitution. Instead, the reader is left with a "this is it just accept what I tell you" type of story. This caused the book to flow in a jarring and disjointed manner.
How did Lydia truly feel? How did she decide to make those decisions? There were no connections with this character at all.
As for Kevin...this character was slotted into the "prefect man" category. The only flaw with him was his inability to accept the reality of what Lydia had done. While perfectly normal, his character still came across as two-dimensional.
As for secondary characters, they detracted from the story more than added.
There were also a few writing flaws, i.e., what the writing world would call "disembodied body parts" and "head hopping".
Wisdom to Know could have used a few more critiques and edits to strengthen the story into a dynamic book. If Elizabeth Maddrey had created three-dimensional characters that drew the reader into the story, that caused the reader to feel exactly how the characters felt, and to show the horror of the sin and the joy of forgiveness, then this book would have been exceptional. Instead, it seemed as though the author shied from delving too deep into the sin of abortion.
The book did well in telling about aborting and the subsequent downfall. It did well in telling about the heartache and eventual forgiveness of those affected. What the book needed, though, was to show this. I would recommend this book for teenagers; but, not for serious and dedicated readers.
***I received this book from BookCrash and the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review***
Betty Sue Tutor's review of Wisdom to Know (posted on Facebook and copied with her permission):
"Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey: Could'nt put it down. Would recommend to everyone aged 15 and above. Even you never had an abortion or don't know anyone who did, it gives insight to the anger, guilt, and turmoil that follows especially if that person is a Christian, teenager, or somewhere between. It shows those of us who never experienced this dark side how to understand those who have so we can help them get past the guilt, anger, hurt, depression,etc., and repair their relationship with Christ."