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Wisdom to Know

Wisdom to Know

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by Elizabeth Maddrey

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Contemporary Christian Romance.

Is there sin that love can't cover?

Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.

Kevin McGregor


Contemporary Christian Romance.

Is there sin that love can't cover?

Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.

Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia's accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.

While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.

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Janotima Books
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6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn't writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

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Wisdom to Know 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I am enjoying everything this author writes. Her courage to take on modern issues through the lens if Christian vales is inspiring.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
The author has tackled some very tough issues in this book such as promiscuity and abortion, and she has written a beautiful story showing how hurting people can find acceptance, forgiveness and second chances through God's love and mercy. I was very touched as I read the story of Lydia and the battles she faced. The story is also a strong reminder that God's children also need to be willing to offer that same love and forgiveness. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and this is one from this author that I definitely recommend.
ShoweSH More than 1 year ago
Wisdom to Know is a must read for anyone who has struggled either personally or who knows someone who has struggled with the issue of abortion.  Elizabeth Maddrey has taken this controversial issue and tenderly portrayed the pain and long lasting effects it has on the people involved.  She presents the characters in this story, not as perfect Christians, but as fallen humans in need of understanding and forgiveness. She gives credibility to the effects that abortion has not only on the woman, but on the man involved.  As the issue of abortion is explored, Maddrey explains the positive role that Christian counseling can have as a woman deals with the aftermath of abortion and her poor choices.   Wisdom to Know is another wonderful book published by Chalfont House Publishing in their HopeSprings division.  This is the first in the “Grant Us Grace” series.  If you enjoy this book as much as I did you’ll want to read the next two, Courage to Change and Serenity to Accept.
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
We need more reality fiction in the Christian marketplace: books that are true to life and its messiness and true to Scripture and the truth. Elizabeth Maddrey's debut novel, Wisdom to Know fits that description, and is engaging and enjoyable reading. Lydia Brown is a pastor's daughter with perfect sisters, living by a standard she'll never measure up to no matter how hard she tries. When she chooses to compromise and sleep with her almost fiance, life teaches her a hard lesson: he moves on, leaving her with the pieces of a broken heart and broken commitment. Can life get any more complicated? Ummm...yes. Unexpected pregnancy, catastrophic choices, and a spiral down a path Lydia never would have envisioned have her running from everyone who loves her...including Kevin McGregor, her longtime friend and the man who has loved Lydia in secret for years. Faith, forgiveness, consequences...all themes in Elizabeth's powerful novel. I loved the reality of the story...but, even more, I loved the people of the story. From the first pages I felt connected to Lydia and Kevin, and I deeply cared about what happened to these imaginary people. I would rage at the hurt and the pain, and found myself praying for Lydia...and she wasn't real! Even the 'background' characters were engaging. Laura and Matt were funny and faithful, their daughter was a hoot, and I ached for Lydia's mom and dad. Allison made me nervous until I got to know her, then I was eager to know more about her story (which is in the second book to come). I think the only characters I didn't grow attached to were Brad and his new lady love...those two I had a hard time feeling anything close to good or compassionate. But even those two need the love of Jesus...it will just take a novel or two for me to get there! Elizabeth Maddrey has earned a spot on my 'must read' list, and I'm eager for the second book in her 'Grant Us Grace' series. She's able to be bold about the truth without becoming preachy or cliche, and real enough that any reader can relate to the story. My hope is that God uses her writing for both entertainment and ministry...you'll find powerful healing in these pages. It would be so cool to be friends with these characters in real life...well, maybe not Brad. But we could minister to him--eventually. (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)
AllenJessica More than 1 year ago
Plot: The plot while, predictable, was at least enough to keep me engaged in the story. I do feel that the abortion was glossed over even though it is the main event in the story. Characters: I think that Lydia's character was well described. I had an easy time understanding what she was going through and what she was feeling. Kevin's character was a little harder to relate with though. Themes: Forgiveness was the main theme in this story. Lydia had to forgive herself for the choices she made and beyond that realize that God had forgiven her. Kevin and Lydia's family had to also learn how to forgive her for her costly choices. Emotion: While you read all about Lydia's emotions and struggles, it was hard to really feel the emotion. It was all just a story with words on a page, and it didn't really affect me on an emotional level. Overall: This book was written in a very real way. At first, I'll be honest, I didn't like it, but as I continued to read, I realized that it gave the story a depth that made it very easy to relate to. ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
MizBanks More than 1 year ago
Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey is the story of today's average woman. Lydia Brown, like so many young women, falls for the lie that sex brings power and control over the opposite sex. She believes that giving a man who isn't committed to her what he wants will give her the life she desires. It backfires and leaves her in spiritual, physical and emotional turmoil as she's living out the consequences of the deception she bought into.  Wisdom to Know has a somewhat predictable story line, but the accuracy of the events makes it a powerful read. Maddrey did well to point to the spiritual healing that needs to take place when sin is chosen and even mentioned Holy Spirit once. However, believers are falling into the same sins as unbelievers so regularly because those who have the platform to speak omit the truth of the demonic assignments that influence behavior. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for posting the author’s interview and/or book review on my blog.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lydia Brown is a pastor's daughter who is now living on her own. When she discovers she is pregnant by Brad, the man she believed she'd marry, Brad quickly moves on to his next conquest. Alone and ashamed, she escapes her situation through an abortion. But this act spirals her life into drugs, promiscuity, alcohol, and a car accident resulting in DUI charges. Kevin has loved Lydia from the beginning of their friendship. He has always felt he'd marry her, but when she needs him the most, Lydia pushes him away. The pain is almost too much for him to bear. When his boss needs him to complete a project in India, Kevin accepts. Kevin is convinced that loving Lydia has been is mistake. Lydia begins to realize the feelings she has for Kevin. But who would want to love her with all her sin? Maybe she has done too much for anyone to forgive her past. Wisdom To Know by Elizabeth Maddrey is the first book in the Grant Us Grace series. This book grabbed me from the first chapter. As a pastor's daughter, I understood the pressure Lydia experienced belonging to a minister's family. Elizabeth Maddrey has the rare ability to transition one chapter into the next without a break in the plot. Her style is true to life and raw, but clean in its content. Her characters are real and captivating. This type of novel is needed in the body of Christ today. This was my introduction to this author and I can't wait to read the second book in the Grant Us Grace series.
jadijohnson More than 1 year ago
Wisdom to Know is by Elizabeth Maddrey. This wonderful novel shows how easily one mistake — one bad choice — can lead to many others. In Lydia’s case, giving away her purity led to an abortion, which then led to drug abuse. It takes a car accident to reveal Lydia’s secret to her family and friends. All they want to do is help her get better, but will she accept their assistance? At the same time, Kevin McGregor has tried burying his love for Lydia since she only wants to be friends. The final revelation proves to be too much for him. How could God choose such a woman for him? Maybe Kevin has been wrong all along. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, especially Kevin. And his friends, Matt and Laura, are great. I felt for Lydia’s parents, who showed unconditional love for her. The book gave a clear example of what happens when we stray from the lessons the Bible teaches. God knows where the bad road we’re on will lead to. He tries to warn us we’re going the wrong way. It’s up to us to listen and get back on track. It’s never too late to steer towards heaven! My only complaint about the book was the author used a couple coincidences that were a little too convenient. But other than that, it was a marvelous book. I would definitely recommend it. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash.
DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
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 you into the story, that caused the reader to feel exactly how they 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. ***I received this book from BookCrash and the publisher in exchange of an honest and fair review***
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Maddrey's debut novel is full on snappy dialogue and real situations. I enjoyed reading Wisdom to Know and getting my hands on a Christian book that deals with some very real, but tough, issues. As much as we might not want to believe there are people sitting in our congregations who have had abortions the truth is there are women who are hurting, just like Lydia in this book. This book touched me personally as my sister lived a life very much like Lydia and I had no idea for years. Prostitution, drug abuse and two abortions mark my sister's story. Lydia's story is very much the same. I love that Elizabeth shows us the healing Lydia walked through and that it wasn't a quick fix, but took time. I also like the real reaction of Kevin when he finds out that Lydia had an abortion and how he struggled, like so many of us would, with forgiveness. As I writer I struggled with the confusion if this book was intentionaly omniscient or if that was just not caught in edits. If not, there was some definite head-popping but if it was intentional than it was spot on. I think most readers wouldn't even notice that. If you know someone who has dealt with abortion and has yet to heal this book would be a great launching pad for them. They will see Jesus all over this book and see there is hope.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I admire Elizabeth Maddrey for daring to write "Wisdom to Know". It approaches several difficult subjects-pre-marital sex, abortion, and drug use-with a Christian world-view. Overall I would have liked to see some bright spots, from any point of view, as the book has a dark feel to it. But the writing drew me in and kept me returning to find out what would happen. It did have a happily-ever-after, which I LOVE, but it was hard fought for (by the characters), much like real-life.  The essential message that I read in this book is two-fold: God always loves us, no matter what, and every woman deserves the love of a GOOD man and shouldn't settle for less. ***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***