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R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Extravagant Love" By Heather Smith
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:05:00 AM

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Publicists will sometimes send me complimentary pdf copies of books that they are advertising, and I tend to just file them away. "Extravagant Love" By Heather Smith is one of those books and I recently sat down to take a look at it.

"Extravagant Love" consists of a series of generally short edifying letters to the readers that provide some glimpse of the love, wonder and kindness of God as demonstrated in some event or situation in which the author has found herself. For instance: When her brother died, everyone was devastated and after the funeral she found herself avoiding any mention of him to friends and family. She writes:

"Oh God," I cried, "help us." And God did. He sent signs of His love -- unique expressions of love that were directly for me. I saw bright red cardinals everywhere, beautiful fireflies in the darkest night and exquisite rainbows after frequent storms. I received an unexpected note, calls of comfort from loved ones, and sweet time with Him alone as He wrapped his arms around His broken daughter. "I love you, Heather," He whispered in the darkness. "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (See Deuteronomy 31:6). "I am your refuge and your strength, your shield and your deliverer."

The examples are short and sweet. There is no preaching or pleading, no bible thumping or calls to repentance; just examples of God's Extravagant Love toward the author.

This is a very easy read that would appeal to most women and probably few men. It is what I would call a 'feel good' book. The writing is good, the personal glimpses into the author's life are inspiring, and I just know there is a big market for books of this type.

If life has gotten you down, then it is the perfect book to read.

R.P. BenDedek

Heather Smith earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys helping and motivating others. She wrote her first book, "Dearest Samantha: I Love You!!!!," after her 30-year marriage ended and she lost her home. She currently resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

"Extravagant Love"
By Heather Smith
WestBow Press
Published April 23, 2014
ISBN-10: 1490824634
ISBN-13: 978-1490824635
64 pages
Paperback $10
e-book $4

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