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Above All Things

By: Deborah Raney
Narrated by: Julie Lancelot
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Summary

They were on their way to being a real family...until she came into their lives.

Expecting their first baby, Judd and Evette McGlin are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents. But their marriage faces the ultimate test when Judd learns he already has a child: a six-year-old biracial daughter, born amid secrets and lies. Now, Evette must decide if she can accept the child - and forgive Judd. She thought she was open-minded - until hidden prejudices threaten the future of an innocent little girl, Evette's marriage, and the very notion of the woman she's believed herself to be. 

Above all things, this child needs acceptance and love. She needs Evette to discover what being a mother truly means. She needs Judd to face his past. And she needs them both to discover what it truly means to be a family.

©2019 Deborah Raney (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Holier than now

Not very convincing portrait. Lots about God…characters too sickly sweet for me. I don’t recommend this.

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  • 21-12-22

Beautiful, Deep, Real, Truthful, Gentle, Honest..

"If the world could learn fairness and equality from 6 year olds we'd all be a lot better off" Chapter 26💞

What a very special book!!....

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  • Chelsey McClain
  • 12-01-21

Dont listen to the bad reviews!!

I am a biracial female and find these negative reviews ridiculous. This story is about one family, not about every white southern family. Just because this topic may be uncomfortable, doesn’t make it bad. This story is honestly a very realistic and relatable. Having parents being uncomfortable with a child dating out of their own race, a white mother that doesn’t know how to take care of curly hair, the stares from outsiders, a black hair stylist pulling out the “pink stuff” ... this isn’t a horrible book, this is real life! More people need to read this and understand that to this day this still goes on. It’s okay if it make you feel uncomfortable, hard topics aren’t easy!

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  • Meljoypip
  • 09-10-20

Wow. A lesson in why not to spoil your children?

Let me start this by saying I am white, a southerner and Christian- a church girl. I can’t believe how petty this couple is!! I don’t know anyone in real life (especially any Christians, that are this racist. I’m only on chapter 7 and i am not sure I want to finish this book. I can’t believe what a hard time these two ‘Christian’ people are having excepting that this girl is biracial and excepting this girl- the husband’s daughter. How out of touch with reality is this woman? Does she really think her ‘saving her self for marriage’ makes up for her pettiness and judgmental attitude? Let’s not even get into forgiveness for her husband. Honestly with her attitude no wonder 1/2 the world hates Christians. Sad and revealing. I really hope this book gets better I’m trying to hang on and listen but I’m very disappointed at this point. I made it through chapter 8 and I am done. I hope the young wife ( whose pettiness and jealousy seem more normal for a teen, not an adult- even a young one) I just can’t finish this. Yikes.

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  • Traci Baylon
  • 28-11-20

Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Reviews

I never pick a book based on reviews. If I did, I never would have listened to this book. This book was wonderful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-20

Disappointed

I thought it was hard to understand how these Christian people had such a hard time this biracial 6year old girl. I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone. I push through the 1st 7chapters and the last two chapters and was mad at myself for even wasting my time listening to any of this book.

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  • Jamie Forester
  • 18-09-20

Restored My Hope in Humanity

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story. It’s beautifully written and narrated so well.
This is a story that could happen to anyone of us and I can only hope we would respond as Evie did.
With God, all things are possible💕

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  • Jessica M
  • 31-05-19

Fantastic story about love and loss and redemption

This book drew me in and I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to a couple more chapters to find out what turn the story would take next.

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  • Kayla
  • 25-01-21

Hang in there!!!

The first several chapters are hard! As a Christian woman I so badly wanted to smack the main characters for how ridiculous they were behaving! I am glad I had seen several reviews encouraging readers/listeners to finishing the book. I think the reason people don’t like this this story is the fact that it is to real. The main characters quickly have to deal with issues of the heart that they can’t deny or brush off. Several racial assumptions are brought to light and the truth of how awful they even sound. I also think that Evie gets a lot of hate because of how long it takes her to come around and how off put she is by the child. I don’t think all of that really is because she is biracial as much as she married this man and had been married to this man believing he had never slept with anyone til their wedding night. This little girl (by no fault of her own clearly) was just a constant reminder of a huge lie. I mean really. Women picture yourself pregnant (or not honestly) and your husband is like “hey so I know I told you I saved myself for marriage. I even teach high school boys all about how awesome it is that I saved myself for marriage. Except I forgot to tell you about this one time and surprise I have a daughter. Oh by the way she is going to come live with us. So while you are processing how you feel about everything and you are dealing with explaining to people how your husband suddenly has a 6 year old kid when he told the whole world he saved him self for marriage I am also going to need you to be taking care of her while I am at work and coaching basketball. Ok cool. And geez why are you taking so long to fall head over heels for her? Cant you see how amazing she is?” I think most women would have lost it.

Fight the urge to turn the book off. Look within yourself at all the racial assumptions you make without even realizing it. Put yourself in her shoes for just a few moments and then hold on and watch the journey take off as God takes a mess of a situation and turns it into something amazing.

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  • DonLindaHarris
  • 17-09-20

Well written

This story is very well written. Characters I can identify with. Loved each one of them for the most part. Finally I feel I’ve come across a book with substance and meaning. A beautiful story of love and meaning.

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  • ry ry
  • 04-11-20

Really hard to get in to

I tried...I really did. I just couldn't get past the wife's constant and unrealistic negativity. The narrator was good, it's just the wife's character that caused me to turn it off only a quarter of the way in to the book. I've never had to do that before. I always get through the books. I just couldn't with this one. Good luck.

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  • guetacourtenay
  • 20-10-20

Horrible, archaic, small-minded story

A portrayal of small-minded Christian couple. The archaic ideals, reactions and responses from the couple and community are disgusting. The behavior depicted in this book is the reason the unchurched and non-christians don't want anything to do with the Christian Community. It comes off racist. I read a lot and rarely write reviews but this one couldn't be left alone.

The narrator did a great job of reading a terrible book.

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