Courage to Change

Courage to Change

by Elizabeth Maddrey


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Contemporary Christian Romance

When Phil Reid became a Christian and stopped drinking, his hard-partying wife Brandi divorced him. Reeling and betrayed, he becomes convinced Christians should never remarry, and resolves to guard his heart.

Allison Vasak has everything in her life under control, except for one thing. Her heart is irresistibly drawn to fellow attorney and coworker, Phil. Though she knows his history and believes that women should not initiate relationships, she longs to make her feelings known.

As Phil and Allison work closely together to help a pregnant teen, Allison melts his defenses. But when Brandi discovers Phil's new relationship, she decides that though she doesn't want him, no one else can have him. Can Phil and Allison's love weather the chaos Brandi brings into their lives?

Book Two of the 'Grant Us Grace' Series, Courage to Change picks up where Wisdom to Know (book one of the series) ends. The series continues in book three, Serenity to Accept and the prequel novella, Joint Venture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947525931
Publisher: JoNaTiMa Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Series: Grant Us Grace , #2
Pages: 490
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn't writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God's grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.

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Courage to Change 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Savurbks More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY: Recently divorced, Phil Reid struggles to overcome his rough relationship with his ex-wife, Brandi. Having become a Christian, he is hesitant to become involved in a relationship with Attorney Allison Vasak, a woman who is driven by her heart. Both work together to help a pregnant teenager and her dad make some tough decisions in a difficult situation. Will any of them have the courage to change? A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS: Elizabeth Maddrey pens a contemporary Christian novel which actually reads quite speedily. Although a lighter read, the issues dealt with could be a part of most people’s lives. The shorter chapters as well as the cute borders marking breaks within the chapter, all lend to smooth transitions between characters and situations. The book is Book 2 in a series (Grant Us Grace) but only twice did I find I was missing information due to a reference to a previous event. I most likely will read the next book in this series which is due out this month yet. RATING: 4 (out of 5) pennies *I received a complimentary copy of Courage to Change from Bookcrash and Hopespring Books for my honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author provides discussion questions at the conclusion which would make this perfect literature for a small group. Because of the nature of the changes that occur in the characters, you may or may not not agree with all of their decisions, but you will be provoked to examine your life and either change, or strengthen your long held beliefs. As a mother of adopted children, I was very interested in the internal struggle Lindsay underwent as she decided whether to keep her baby against her father's wishes, or give her baby up for adoption. I definitely recommend Courage To Change, and encourage you to also read her first book in this series, Wisdom To Know
ShoweSH More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Maddrey has done it again in this book, Courage to Change.  Her story is well written and her character are well developed.  This is the second in the Grant Us Grace series, following Wisdom to Know.  It is not necessary to read the first book to thoroughly enjoy this book. I look forward to reading Wisdom to Know, since I enjoyed this book so much. Once you start this book you won’t want to put it down!  Phil Reid was a fun loving party guy with a wife of the same, but when he becomes a Christian his whole life changes.  He no longer enjoys the ways of the world, drinking and partying, but his wife Brandi wants nothing to do with the new Phil and divorces him.  When Phil becomes interested in Allison Vasek, Brandi goes berserk!  You won’t believe the level of malice she goes through!  The author dealt realistically with many issues; divorce and remarriage, abortion, adoption, forgiveness, and the “baggage of life” from a Christian perspective while not being preachy.  I enjoy this author and look forward to reading more of her books.
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Book Two of the 'Grant Us Grace' Series. Courage to Change was an interesting story containing spiritual depth. It wasn't preachy or patronizing in tone. The title fit the characters' journeys very well. We all need the courage to change our preconceived notions when God is steering our hearts in another direction. This novel confronted the issues facing guilt-ridden divorced Christian singles head-on. There are plenty of people in the church who may try to judge your motives, but only you and God know the truth. This should be the deciding factor regarding remarriage, not what people tell you in their opinion is right or wrong. This story illustrated that truth well. It also showed that there are long-lasting consequences to the choices we make. Whether we are Christians or not, it won't make the ramifications of poor choices go away. At the same time, Jesus will give us the strength to deal with them appropriately and in a way that glorifies Him, if we will just ask. The author tackles a number of tough subjects, one being the issue of single parenting vs. abortion vs. adoption. These issues were handled well. There are many facets to adoption plans, and the author captured the many complexities in this story. I enjoyed the subplot with Lindsey as a secondary character. Marcus had a difficult situation to deal with, but he dealt with the issues appropriately. I felt bad for Phil and the problems his ex-wife had caused for him. I understood his guilt about his ex causing problems for Allison too. But in the end, true love wins every time. I enjoy stories where obstacles are fought and overcome, but not in a sappy way. There were realistic feelings and issues in this book, but none of them were over-the-top. The author's writing was readable and not at all awkward. I would definitely recommend this series to people who want to read about tough issues but don't want to feel depressed afterward from the content. Courage to Change was encouraging and inspiring to read. These characters felt like they could be my friends. (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 of this story wasn't really anything special. In a lot of ways, it was very similar to the first book. It did have an interesting twist with Brandi's character though. Characters: I liked the character development of this book. Since it was the second book in the series, we met the main character in this book as a supporting character in the last book, and the supporting characters in this book were the main characters in the last book. It was a good way to bring both stories full circle. Themes: As evident by the title, the main theme in this book is changing and adapting to new things in life. Both Phil and Allison have a lot to deal with in even starting their relationship and they have to be willing and open minded enough to be able to change their ideas on things that may not have been as important as they originally thought. Emotion: There wasn't really a lot of emotion in this book. It took me a little longer to read, too, because it just wasn't overly enticing. Overall: This wasn't a bad book, but it also wasn't the greatest thing I've ever read. As I said, it took me a while to read because it wasn't all that exciting, but I didn't hate reading it. ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Let me just start by saying that Courage to Change is an amazing book. The story grabbed me right from the start and I did not want to set this book down because it was so good. It is the second in a series, however, it is completely able to stand on its own. I now want to go back and read Wisdom to Know, which is the first book in the series and covers the story of Lydia and Kevin, who are also in this book. Courage to Change tackles some tough issues. Phil Reid has struggled for years with the fact that his marriage fell apart when he chose to follow Christ and his wife kicked him out. He is divorced and convinced that he should not remarry based on biblical reasons. He is fighting a growing attraction to co-worker Allison Vasak. Allison is definitely attracted to Phil and knows he is divorced. She just considers this baggage from his past and it does not bother her at all. Allison battles feelings of sadness and feels left behind as she watches all of her friends find marriage partners. As Phil and Allison work together to help a pregnant teenager and her father, Phil begins to question his determination to stay single. Will Phil and Allison be able to work out their feelings for each other? How does God feel about remarriage after divorce? Will Phil and Allison even have a chance at happiness if Phil’s vindictive ex-wife decides to cause problems? This book is well written and just packed with interesting characters and events. It is really a testimony to overcoming all kinds of consequences that enter our lives as the result of sin. I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of Christian romance.