Gutteridge, Rene. Cox, Michelle. Just 18 Summers. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. 2014.
Four different yet connected families, all in different stages of life, come to terms with just how short and fast life can actually seem. With only 18 summers in which to make lifelong memories, create lasting impressions, teach necessary skills and truly make a difference, each family must complete these tasks with everyday-life getting in the way. From becoming first-time parents to watching their daughter get married, each couple must make the most of time before it slips away…
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Usually a screenplay is derived from a book, but in this case, the novelization is done in reverse. Through humor, emotions and faith, the authors did a wonderful of making one realize just how short 18 summers can be when children are involved. Too often, everyday busyness can get in the way of living to the fullest…we tend to put things aside, work too much and take people for granted rather than play with our children, teach them the basics and take care of ourselves in the process. Just 18 Summers is definitely a story that will make you pause and ponder your life and quite possibly, make some needed changes…before those 18 summers are over.
(After reading this book, I am having a hard time not joining my teenage son in the Tough Mudder Race he suggested…yikes!)
4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Just 18 Summers from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*