July 31, 2008

Dear Me

I have four words for you. I loved this book. My mom gave me this book after she read it, highly recommending it. So I took it with me on my trip to Denmark and had it read in two days. One morning Peter had to pry me from it, as I had sat for about 3 hours straight. Yes, it was that good.

Dear Me, by Gaylynne Sword, is about a woman named Vanessa and her struggle through life for acceptance and love. Never able to forgive herself for an abortion she had during college, her life spirals out of control for many years. She uses many things to hide the pain...sex (including a brief lesbian affair), drugs, alcohol, eastern religion...but each just leave her more and more empty until she finally tries to commit suicide.

And that is where the book begins. After her suicide attempt she is put into a mental institution and is encouraged by her counselor to start a journal in order to explore what happened in her life and what led her to where she was today. So the book is her journal, where she shares her life and how she finally found love and acceptance and forgiveness and a relationship with God.

Gaylynne Sword is an excellent writer. She deals with Vanessa's life with brutal honesty and even mixes in some humor. Most of all, she made Vanessa and her story realistic and relateable. You can't help but find something in Vanessa's life that you can relate to. For me, I have a sexual past that I am not proud of, but it is a part of me that I can't change, and so I have come to the place where I've accepted that I can't change it so there is no reason to dwell on it.

It's not your typical Christian fiction, in that she deals with subjects in a way that most Christian authors shy away from. But it's an honest portrayal of a life that many people go through in today's society. I think it is a great book and I highly recommend it.


  1. Sounds like something I would like, will have to see if I can find it on paperbackswap. Thanks for the review.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this. I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds like something I'd like to read. And thanks for putting a personal touch on your review. I love hearing how readers relate to the characters.

    --Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

  3. I just finished reading it!! Its so wonderful and I loved it!! My sis' bought it at a christian exhibition here in chennai...and i will be lending the book to one of my friends. :)
    -kaushi (India)


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