For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know that it’s been a while since my last book review. Although I’ve picked up several Christian books from my local public library, I had every intention of writing reviews for each book. Unfortunately, I did not feel that the time was right for me to follow through. I didn’t understand my feelings at the time, but I knew later that it was because God had other plans. He interrupted and exchanged my plan for His. So here’s how my personal journey through Unscripted Love began.
How Our Paths Crossed
I met Farah via social media. I was intrigued by her Instagram name and I was curious to know more. I said to myself “I really love her Instagram name!” I wondered about the meaning of the name as well as who was the person behind this awesome name? So, I commented on one of Farah’s IG pictures to share my admiration for her Instagram handle. She thanked me and we began conversing online. I then discovered the answer to my curiosity. Unscripted Love turned out to be the title of her upcoming novel. I knew then that she was definitely someone to watch. From this point on Farah and I began talking about her book. And now I am proud to present my review!
My journey through “Unscripted Love”
First of all, let me say that I truly love the feeling of nostalgia and the book Unscripted Love provided that for me. The pages are well written and have an aura of nostalgia. As I began to read the book, I was intrigued and my emotions began to rage. The first six chapters made me wish that my younger self had the wisdom that I have now. I would have handled things with a mature personality. I know that we all have made mistakes and some of us may have wished that certain things never happened. However, Farah has a play on words and ideas that conveys a clear message pertaining to the choices that we make and the consequences that follow. She gives us a perspective of how our choices impact our lives and the lives of those in relationships with us. She also provides us with examples of warnings or “red flags” and conveys clear explanations to the reader about them.
As I continued to journey through the next few chapters, I found them to be filled with truth and insight. My emotions were raging again, but this time in a different manner. There were times that I laughed, felt sad, and even became vocal. One passage made me shout aloud, “Lies and Betrayals!” There were also times that I even had to lay the book down to adjust my thoughts. To me, this is a sign of a well-written book. There were so many good points made that I just could not handle them all at once. Farah made a comment in the book that there would be times while reading the book that you will smile, and chuckle, and I surely did!
I cannot do this review justly without highlighting Chapter Ten. Farah expressed a deep love for poetry. The Song of Solomon is actually one of her favorite Old Testament Books because of the intimacy and love that Christ has for His Bride (the Church). Farah shares a few of her personal favorite passages from the Song of Solomon. She also shares some of her intimately written letters of poetry from her heart.
The Creation Love Story stood out to me because Farah describes the Creator’s ideas and methods for sustaining His plan for mankind (Gen. 2:21-24). Every topic is precise and direct. She applies the appropriate Scriptures that follow the particular point that she’s making in order to verify that God spoke the matter into existence first and it is firm.
I have not come across any other books that explain the true meaning of relationships in the light that Farah shines. I’d like to share a couple of facts pertaining to the relationships between men and women. First, we need to guard our hearts because the heart determines the course of life. Also, generally, women are more vocal than men, therefore, women don’t have to share every thought. She uses the example of how we can take note of Mary the mother of Jesus during her immaculate conception. Stating that “Mary did not go running to tell everyone that she was pregnant with the Savior of the world. She kept it a secret. She kept it in her heart (Luke 2:19).
Here are some other insightful statements:
“Your course of life should be one of your most important priorities. Not everyone who wishes you well is actually a well-wisher. Stop letting people walk on you and stop laying down to be taken advantage of.”
“Never allow someone to take you for a ride; you may not like the destination when you arrive. People do not show their true selves when you first meet them. They send out the floor model. The floor model which is dusted off, polished, and beautiful on the outside but hollow as an empty coconut shell.” (Red Flag!)
Unscripted Love is filled with “Gold Nuggets” given through life application and principles. Taking a journey through Unscripted Love has caused me to revisit my heart and caused me to think about what’s in it, and examine what my feelings really are. I identified with many points that were made. For me, Unscripted Love is a well-written movie in book form. I love a good movie that allows me to show all of my emotions. I expect to have all of my emotions aroused while watching a good movie. I should laugh, smile, have outbursts of emotions, cry, and complain… all signs of a well-written movie or in this case NOVEL! Unscripted Love is the unconditional God kind of love. I GIVE “UNSCRIPTED LOVE” FIVE STARS! *****
My thanks to Farah for allowing me to review her masterpiece, Unscripted Love. The book is a true reflection of its name. Please add Unscripted Love to your must-read list of books.
Thank you for reading my review!
Farah Andrea Smith is a well-rounded Christian Woman, Mother, Author, Songwriter, and Poet. Farah is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with a BS in Legal Studies with a minor in Psychology and English. She is a mother of two children. Farah is an active member within her church, and she is the team leader of the dance ministry. She dances for the glory and honor to God. Farah definitely believes in keeping God first in her life.