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Every Good and Perfect Gift: A Novel

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In the classic tradition of movies such as Beaches and Steel Magnolias, Every Good and Perfect Gift shares a heartwarming story of friendship that overcomes all odds. Filled with laughter, tears, and everything in between, Gabby and DeeDee’s journey will strike a chord with female readers of all ages.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 19th 2007 by NavPress
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I was thrilled to get to read this book, it is what I would categorize as women's fiction and is Sharon's debut novel. Based on this book I am anxious to see what she will accomplish for her 2nd novel. "Every Good & Perfect Gift" is a great book that draws on real life experiences and deals with some heavy issues such as infertility, illness, friendship and faith. Sharon manages to take these heavy issues and infuse them with humor and feeling. It is not a usual thing for me to find a book t ...more
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I was pretty psyched at the beginning of this book as it portrayed 2 Christian couples who had chosen not to have children. Nearing the age of 40, one of the women changed her mind and then entered the world of infertility. It was nice to have a childless by choice Christian couple portrayed in a positive light. They even had the conversation of whether it was a sin or not to choose childlessness. As a Christian woman who has chosen with my husband not to have kids, this issue is near and dear t ...more
Myra Johnson
This story of friendship between two women with shared interests but very different personalities made me long for such a close and lasting friendship of my own. Souza's way of blending the present story action with vignettes from the past helps paint a full, rich portrait of how these women's lives have intertwined. It's obvious by midway through the book that something isn't quite right with the more outgoing and headstrong DeeDee. But her friend Gabby never waivers in her support, even as Dee ...more
This is a book written about a David-and-Jonathan friendship between two women. Friendships are one of my favorite topics, but when I first started this book I wasn't sure I would like it, as one of the friends has an extremely strong personality and the other one seems to follow her like a puppy in some of the early flashbacks. But it is through the initiative of the headstrong DeeDee that God works in Gabby's life, too. This tackles two very hard issues - and knowing them in advance would only ...more
The story of Dee Dee and Gabby goes beyond friendship, beyond sisterhood, and beyond commitment. Everyone has a choice to love and go beyond love. When asked if you would give your life for your friend, death would be easy, but truly living for your friend takes on a whole new meaning. This story takes you on a journey of Dee Dee and Gabby from children into adulthood. What a magical friendship they share. If only we could all experience a Dee Dee or Gabby in our lives.
I kept hoping for something interesting to happen which never did. It really stretched the imagination that whatever, even the seemingly impossible, happened just because Dee Dee said it was going to be - even her announcement that she and Gabby would marry two particular young men.

I didn't like the way Gabby let Dee Dee just about run her life and plan things out for her as though Gabby didn't have a mind of her own.

I found myself skimming through parts.
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Sharon Souza is a great story teller! I don't normally ready womens fiction, I am usually more into the romantic suspense or just plain suspense, but I had a chance to review this book and I must admit that I really like it. Souza took a couple of hard topics and put them both in one book and made it seems as if she tackled it with ease. It's a great story of loving husbands, true friendship, heartaches and Sharon Souza did a great job.
The back cover suggests that this book is about two friends, and one of them receives a devastating diagnosis. This didn't happen until the last 1/4 of the book. I became so attached to the characters, though, that I didn't even care. This book was fun, tragic, and (surprisingly) spiritual all at the same time. I haven't stopped thinking about it for days. I loved it.
Rebecca Collins
This book was like stepping into my past (literally). The christian author, a very close friend of mine, sets the story in Lodi. IT is based on a true story or I should say I know waht experience motivated the author to write the book. An event that that I was witness too,
so it was even more moving to me. GOod book and it will make you cry, very moving.
I normally don't read Christian fiction but I didn't realize that this is what the book was when I picked it out of the library. The story intrigued me enough to keep reading. I know the book was supposed to be inspirational and draw on faith and it did that very well, but I personally would have liked a more nuanced story
Jodi J
I was humbled by this tale of true friendship. The core issues explored by this book are very intimidating, and potentially gloomy, but the author was somehow able to bring joy and inspiration into the story using the medium of love. WOW.
Another account of a young woman stricken with Alzheimer's disease. Not as gripping as Still Alice, but still an engaging read. Every Good and Perfect Gift chronicles the friendship of two Christian women from their pre-teens into their 40's.
Apr 28, 2008 Alaina rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians
I took this out from the "New Literature" section without realizing it is a Christian inspirational novel. It is very heavy on the Christian themes, quotes, etc. I thought the characters were a bit flat.
Heartwarming story of two best friends and the experiences they encounter together along the way. Not really a spoiler but it does have a very sad ending
Apr 16, 2008 Margie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This author's writing style was a little tough on me, but i enjoyed the book. It was strange reading about places in Lodi in the book. What a great friendship
Golden Parsons
A sweet story of sacrificial friendship and the onslaught of Alzheimer's. Nice humor interwoven into the story.
Christian Fiction - if you don't have a child yet, it really helps you understand what your life is missing.
Rachel Crooks
It took me awhile to get into this one, but I am really glad that I stayed with it.
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Another great book!!!! I love stories about friendships!!!!!
Amazing story of friendship and faith in our God!
nice story about 2 best friends.
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One of my favorites! What a ending!
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I love writing contemporary women's fiction. I incorporate vital subjects (infertility, catastrophic illness, infidelity, extreme loss, etc) with enough humor to keep the story from becoming too heavy, as I believe the first job of fiction is to entertain. But I also want to make the reading of the story worthwhile. My novels always incorporate strong friendships -- the kind we all desire -- and e ...more
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