Contemporary Fiction

Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey. A Review

Title: Wisdom to Know

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Genre: Christian Fiction

Series: Grant Us Grace Book 1

A rebellious pastor’s daughter determined to defy expectations. The best friend who has loved her from the sidelines since high school. And decisions that may prove to be a step beyond what love can handle.
Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.
Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.
While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.

Is there sin that love can’t cover?


I seem to recently be picking up books that deal with tough issues. This was a great read but the author definitely didn’t mince words when dealing with these issues from premarital sex and the soul ties attached to it to drug abuse and it’s consequences and abortion and the chain of pain and repercussion it leaves behind. It doesn’t just affect the person who does it but everyone who is also close to them.

This happened with Lydia facing the consequences of the bad choices she made with her ex-fiance, she has an abortion and moves onto drugs trying to numb the pain, still trying to look like all is perfect with her although she’s slowly losing it.

I walked with her through this journey of self destruction and cheered with her when she finally realised her choices were doing nothing more than hurting her and those who loved her and cheered with her as she took that step towards change.

And Kevin sweet Kevin, I felt his pain. It’s hard to see the one person you’re sure God has for you take themselves on a journey of self destruction and God still tells you she’s the one for you no backsies. I understood his anger and desire to run away from it all, wanting everything to be perfect. Keeps reminding me that God never gives us more than we can handle. No sin is too great or small because he loves each of us just the same and came to redeem us.

It would have been nice to get more on their love story, can’t help that I’m a sucker for romance but it was a great read that doesn’t shy away from tough issues.


Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.


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