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ISBN-13: 9780310342144 Publisher: Zondervan

It’s Not Fair! The battle cry of the afflicted, the unafflicted…the human race.

Melanie Dale jumped to the top of my favorite authors list with her first book, Women Are Scary. Her second book, It’s Not Fair, Learning to Love the Life You Didn’t Choose, is equally as wonderful.

Her unique and delightful sense of humor along with her openness, make It’s Not Fair a book that will have you laughing, crying and throwing out an “Amen” with each chapter. She talks about the realities of life and the struggles of believing when life gets hard. There’s no Christianese here, just honest and loving words. It’s the kind of book you can give to a friend who’s hurting and the kind of book you can settle down with when life throws rotten tomatoes at you. It provides practical advice with a hug.

There are so many wonderful quotes in this book, but I think this one sums it up best:

“Be gloriously and ridiculously yourself. Dare to hope in the present, in all its squishy mess. Incomplete and messy with lots of question marks.” Pg. 120

Melanie shares her personal battles with suffering including her journey through infertility, adoption, and broken dreams. She reminds us that God isn’t interested in the made-up, dressed up versions of ourselves. Rather, he wants the honest and transparent with all of the unanswered questions.

She uses the best quotes from movies, books and TV shows in each chapter, along with some great drawings. It’s like a feel good, pick yourself up and wrap yourself in a warm hug kind of book. Do I recommend it? Y.E.S.!!!! A hundred times over.

Melanie Dale never fails to deliver a book that I want to buy for everyone I know and It’s Not Fair, is no exception.

I received this book from the author and Zondervan Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.

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