Thursday, October 01, 2009

CFBA Review: It's Not About Him by Michelle Sutton

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

It's Not About Him

Sheaf House (September 1, 2009)


Michelle Sutton


Michelle Sutton, otherwise known as the Edgy Inspirational Author, is Editor-in-chief of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, a member of ACFW, a social worker by trade, and a prolific reader/book reviewer/blogger the rest of the time.

She lives in Arizona with her husband of nineteen years and her two teenaged sons. Michelle is also the author of It's Not about Me (2008) and It's Not About Him (Sheaf House 2009). She has nine other titles releasing over the next three years.


Susie passed out while drinking at Jeff’s party and later discovered she’s pregnant. She has no idea who the father is and considers having an abortion, but instead decides to place her baby for adoption. Following through ends up being more wrenching than she imagined, but she’s determined to do the right thing for her baby.

Jeff feels guilty that Susie was taken advantage of at his party and offers to marry her so she won’t have to give up her baby, like his birth mother did with him. But Susie refuses, insisting he should marry someone he loves. Can he convince her that his love is genuine before it’s too late? Can she make him understand that it’s not about him—it’s about what’s best for her child?

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of It's Not About Him, go HERE

Illuminating Fiction Comments:

Warning: This book is extremely addictive and highly emotional.

Little did I know what a rollercoaster ride I was in for when I opened the cover of this book. With a busy workload, I wasn't ready to start reading another novel. Yet the day it arrived, curiosity got the better of me, and while I worked out on my exercycle, I opened the book, expecting to read only a chapter or two. Half an hour later I was completely engrossed in the story and unable to hold back the tears as I journeyed with Suzie through her turmoil and heartache. I'm pretty sure I didn't have dry eyes again until well after the first 100 pages. Suzie's story resonated deep with me. Her situation touched my heart and opened my eyes afresh to how selfless adoption can be. It has been well over a year since I managed to finish a book in such a short time frame. I simply couldn't stop reading.

It's NOT about HIM contains subject matter which is not suitable for younger readers. This gritty story pulls no punches, laying out the temptations and consequences which are relevant to today's young adults. Overall, a recommended read for mid-teens and upwards.

1 comment:

Michelle Sutton said...

Thanks for the encouraging words. Siri's endorsement did say, "not to be read without a box of tissues." It's never my intention to make someone cry, but when it does I think it means God used my words to reach deep inside someone's heart and I am so thankful that He's chosen this work for me to do to bring Him glory. Bless you! Please let youth groups know about this resource. If you're a member of the ACFW book club we'll be talking about it there, too.