Worth a Thousand Words

Indigo Burns views her life through the lens of a professional photographer. Each picture of her life seems to be developing according to plan, but when her vision gets blurred in several different ways, her picture-perfect world threatens to shatter. With the threat of losing her eyesight and career, Indigo begins to reevaluate a lot of things in her life, including her relationship with her family and her fiancé, Brian.

Brian’s struggling his own shadowy past and the sins which have resurfaced in a future-altering way. Forced to come face to face with his greatest temptations, he tries to find rescue in his faith. Suddenly, both Indigo and Brian’s futures seem blurry.

I admire Stacy Hawkins Adams’ heart in writing this book. Her intention of showing God’s strength in the middle of our weaknesses and the prevailing battle against sin is evident in this book. She brings some hard subject matter to the forefront of Christian literature and shows us that God is bigger.

My few reservations about it are:
I didn’t feel connected to the characters. Though the story seemed fine, there was this distance between me, Indigo, and Brian. Also, their relationship seemed static, which might have been Stacy’s intent since the two of them do not appear to have a strong, romantic tie between each other.
The biggest concern for me is that there was no previous warning for the detailed subject matter involved in this book. I would not recommend it to younger readers or those who find the topic of homosexuality extremely offensive. I appreciate Stacy sharing that NO sin is too great for God’s grace to transform and His strength to conquer, but some of the scenes were a bit too descriptive for more immature readers. As I should with any rebellion against God, my stomach actually churned with nausea in a few parts – and this was not due to Stacy’s writing, but the scene descriptions.

Now, this may be due to my own immaturity, though I don’t think so, but I do think some sort of disclaimer should be attached to the book. Some readers may not be emotionally equipped to handle certain topics, and instead of being shocked and uncomfortable three-fourths of the way through, they can have a clear choice whether to start this story or simply pass it by.

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