Uncompromising: A Heart Claimed by a Radical Love by Hannah Farver

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In “Uncompromising: A Heart Claimed By a Radical Love,” Hannah Farver offers a fresh voice on what it means to be a young women of modesty, purity, and femininity. Her style is conversational and unassuming. The reader gets no sense of a finger-pointing admonishment to live a pure and holy life from a perfect person. Rather, Farver opens herself to her readers with all her faults, fears, concerns, doubts and questions as a fellow traveler on the road to a life well-lived. Her focus is not on `thou shalt nots’ but rather on guiding her readers to find the Cause who is able to fulfil their inner desire to be wholly and unconditionally loved.

Farver opens with an acknowledgement that passion is good and hard-wired into our DNA. We are designed to be passionate about a cause. The world dangles all sorts of causes in front of our eyes to lure us away from the one Cause that can deeply satisfy the desires of our hearts. These worldly causes include the desire to be considered beautiful, popular, famous, and loved. The problem, Farver contends, is that all of these causes are fleeting and leave the seeker wholly unsatisfied. Rather, she challenges, we can live for the one Cause that claims our hearts with a radical love and provides a fully satisfying life. This doesn’t mean she wants to remain single all of her life but that she is willing to seek a relationship with God and allow Him to prepare her heart for relationship with the man He has chosen for her.

The book closes with a modesty checklist and an unofficial checklist to help young women determine if they are ready for marriage. The author begs, however, that readers don’t take either of these resources as the final word on either topic. A study guide is also included.

I enjoyed this book. It was thought-provoking and encouraged self-reflection. Even as Farver advises young teens to seek out older, more mature “Titus 2 women” I sensed a subtle shift, seemingly unknown to the author, of her becoming just such a woman for the younger teens in her audience. I would recommend this book for 12+ teens.

NOTE: I requested and received a copy of this title via NetGalley.com but made no commitment to review it.

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