Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book review: Glad Tidings

Glad Tidings by Jennifer Flanders
Prescott Publishing

For the first time, 25 years of Flanders family letters have been compiled into a volume which chronicles this family's history in a joyful, Christ-glorifying way. Interspersed throughout the book are heart-warming Christmas quotes and poems, as well as Victorian black and white illustrations, Flanders family recipes and annual Flanders family photographs.

This book is very pleasurable to flip through and therefore to ‘’get to know’’ the Flanders family through their annual letters. I felt both joy for them when each member was added to their family as well as sorrow for them when they went through typical family trials. I do believe this book is more geared towards already founded fans and friends of the family, while I had never even heard of them. Usually if I don’t know a family, I am not as interested in reading about their daily life, unless they are travelling musicians/singers, or missionaries, or lived over 50 years ago, or have dozens of photographs interspersed in the book! Consequently, I didn’t feel the same urge to go back to the book, and read it from beginning to end. Instead, I read it in a certain way I sometimes have of picking up a book and reading a chapter here, a chapter there.

I agree it is pleasant to hear about a ‘’normal’’ family for once, and I applaud them for their willingness to have a large family, their love for children (and their courage when their children went through dozens of mishaps!), the fact that they homeschool, and last but never least : their love for Jesus Christ!
The poems, quotes, and recipes throughout the book were very enjoyable as well.

   On a critical note, the letters were not as humorous as I anticipated, the photographs are not wonderful quality, and I would have loved to see more family recipes in the book!
 But reading Glad Tidings has given me an interest in this large, warm-hearted family, and I am looking forward to following more closely their life’s happenings!
Lastly, the book’s font format was fairly good, although the book size itself was a little to wide for reading comfort.

Thank you for reading!

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”