Book Review: The Memories We Painted

To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I read it cover to cover in an afternoon and needed exactly 3 tissues. If you’ve been following me very long, you know that I firmly believe that God uses books to shape us and draw us closer to Him. The Memories We Painted did that for me. It was the book I needed to read at the time, and I am beyond grateful that God gave me the nudge to put it at the top of my TBR pile. Safe to say that Catie Miller will be an auto-buy author for me from now on. I can’t wait to see what she writes next. A million out of five stars.

If you’re on Instagram and you don’t follow Catie Miller (@catiemiller_bookreviews), you really should. She is a beam of light and thoughtful faith in the Christian writing and book community. She also just started an editing business and is booking clients! Once I’m ready to pursue publishing, Catie will be my first choice to look at my manuscript. She is amazing and sweet.

I related to Josie (the MC) more than possibly any character I’ve ever read. This book walks through the thoughts and emotions that accompany chronic suffering, when it feels like “just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, the bottom drops.” Josie asks why. She has moments of being overwhelmed with grief and pain. She doesn’t get all the answers, but she moves on with life and learns that life goes on even after loss.
This book is a reminder that life does feel like that sometimes, yes; there is suffering, yes; God is there in the suffering, yes, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. It also doesn’t mean that it will stop hurting, and that’s okay. To hurt is human. To despair of love after seemingly endless pain and loss, only to put yourself out there to love and be trampled on again is Christlike love. And Christlike love makes the sweetest romance stories, too 😉

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