Book Review | In His Stead

In His Stead by Judith SandersTitle: In His Stead; A Father’s War

Author: Judith Sanders

My Review:

When I read a book for pleasure, I will admit that I don’t always read the Author’s Notes or Forewords that come at the beginning of some. If I notice they’re there, I’ll skim it to get an idea of whether or not it’s necessary to actually read it. The verdict is that usually I pass on it. However, when I’m reviewing a book, I always read everything that presents itself when I open the cover. I want to make sure I experience the book the way the author intended and not just the way I create for myself. I’m so glad I read In His Stead as a review, because it made sure that I read the Author’s Note and Foreword. What a way to start a book. It really sets the tone for the message of love behind this book and it made the whole thing more powerful to me.

In His Stead painted the picture of the war in Afghanistan so much clearer than any news coverage I have ever seen. I felt like I was watching a movie at times, it was that clear to me what was going on. Amazing.

I have a military family, so this resonated deeply with me, but I don’t think you have to have a connection to the military to feel the wide range of emotions that it invokes. I was glad I read part of it while on an airplane so I had to force myself to keep my emotions in check so I didn’t embarrass myself in front of a bunch of strangers.

I would highly recommend In His Stead. It’s well written with a beautiful message and I will gladly keep it on my bookshelf to return to it again down the road.

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*


Kimmel is a stay at home mom of two little girls. She moves all over the place as the wife of a United States Airman. She is an aspiring author who loves to write, read, watch movies, and bake delicious things!

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