A Woman's Voice

Book Reviews ~ But the Greatest of These is Love

Debbi Michael
“But the Greatest of These is Love” is one incredible tale based on a true story. From start to finish, Author Debbie Michael shares her heart-warming experience as she recounts her misgivings about adoption and her struggles with being obedient to God’s will. It appears that He has every desire for the Michael family to adopt Roman/Roma, a seven year old orphan boy from Russia.

This non-fiction story is sure to grab at the heartstrings of many a reader as they grapple with matters of their own faith and indecision in learning to obey the “still small voice” that resides in each of us. This author’s life was pretty well picture perfect until one evening in March 2000 when the niggling thought of adoption started to make its way into her mind and just wouldn’t let up. With a devoted husband and three lovely children, two teenaged daughters and a twelve year old son, why would she even consider such a possibility? Contented wife, mother, substitute teacher…how could she entertain the idea of upsetting the comfortable life she so enjoyed and appreciated?

In reading “But the Greatest of These is Love” one certainly realizes the persistence of God in getting His message across no matter our reluctance. The nudging, the coincidences…the support of her husband, children and friends, add to God’s intention of rounding out the Michael’s family with the embracing of a fourth child, Roman with his outgoing and endearing personality. Was this endeavor an easy task? Most definitely not. However, as in all new situations, the Michael’s face the challenges head on as their fears are replaced by the triumphant feelings of love. In doing so, they successfully overcome the obstacles presented as they settle into a normal family routine.

In this captivating novel, Author Debbie Michael uses a quote to introduce each chapter. Some are Biblical, others are not. Of course, they all manage to succeed in bringing home the point at hand. These two in particular grabbed my attention as Debbie shares her journey. She certainly is identifying with C.S. Lewis as he states…”I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” and also with Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his profound observation. “Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”

I was very moved by this inspirational story. I enjoyed meeting the whole clan and especially enjoyed the photographs included in this exceptional read!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte



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