Martin Luther asked, “What will you do in the mundane days of faithfulness?” Octogenerian debut author Jean Neu tells you what she did, in the most engaging fashion, in her memoir, It Won’t Rain Always: Seasons of a Blessed Life. By the time you have finished the book you will have chosen another adjective besides “mundane.” If the Big John’s of church history–John Calvin, John Owen, and Jonathan Edwards–could write with the simplicity, brevity and clarity of Jean Neu they would all have an even wider readership. I finished the book (171 pages) before I saw the sun the morning after I downloaded it from Amazon. It is read-out-loud-to-your-spouse and laugh-aloud funny…and gripping. Such is her humble and unassuming writing style that her laugh lines sneak up on you, making them even funnier. But her story is deadly serious. She’s lived through more hard rain in her life than most (to wit, thrice-widowed) and conveys not a hint of “Why me, Lord?” Perhaps it is because she has seen the hand of God directly in her life more than most. Life’s lapidary has polished her Christian witness to a fine shine.

It’s been said that for the writing to be good the reader must be able to feel the pressure of the soul behind the words. In It Won’t Rain Always you will feel the pressure of Jean Neu’s soul from cover to cover. Hers is a soul sold out to the Lord. She has instilled her faith in her children and she wants to witness same to you, too. I think she succeeded masterfully! Go to her book at Amazon, click on “look inside,” and decide for yourself. This is the kind of book that you would give as a gift, especially at Christmas time.

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

See you in church.

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