This weekend I was reminded that sometimes an ending is not a happy one when I read this beautiful blog post by Betsy St. Amant. Sometimes life takes a turn we never expected. Sometimes we quit focusing on God and the world (and Satan) creep into our lives. Sometimes life hurts. The Song demonstrates this perfectly.
Jed King is passionate about music but is known as “David King’s son”. When Jed agrees to sing at a small festival at a vineyard, he meets Rose. He is quickly drawn to her and falls in love. While on their honeymoon, Jed writes a song about her from his heart–a song that catapults him to stardom. While Jed tours and Rose is left at home to care for their son, the couple who thought everything would remain the same between them learns that marriage is much harder than waiting and planning the wedding. Jed is surrounded by tempation on the road and Rose feels as if Jed only cares about one thing from her. The couple continues to grow apart until their marriage is in shambles and hurt and distrust bleed their relationship dry. What happens when a man who once loved God turns to the world? Can the woman who once loved him forgive the heartache he caused?
Interestingly enough, this book was actually adapted from a movie (yes, it’s usually the other way around but maybe this should happen more often). A book allows so much more depth and insight into the characters. Chris Fabry does an excellent job of portraying the emotions of Jed and Rose as their relationship grows at the beginning and then falls apart. This serves as a reminder to couples that taking your eyes off God and looking to the world for pleasure is damaging to both yourself and others, that not speaking up in a relationship because you don’t want to be considered a nag or needy is a detriment, and that the decisions you make will haunt and shadow you long after the temporary high from giving into temptation. Beautifully written and engaging, The Song will pull at your heartstrings. Now I’m going to have to watch the movie….
****Tyndale Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.