Decision to Love is easily my favorite installment in the Sacred Vows series by Michelle Sutton. It continues to follow the lives of Hope and Tony, eight years after their illicit love affair from book one Never Without Hope. This is book three in the series, following Their Separate Ways which showed us the aftermath of their affair and the struggles that each had in trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. In this book, however, we also follow Hope’s son Jimmy, now a college student. What I love most about this book is its brutal honesty. Sutton once again takes the Christian reader where others fear to tread and brings us face to face with the struggles faced by gay and lesbian people who are searching for peace with God. There is so much more to the story than just sexual attraction or lust. The feelings and struggles go deep and I applaud her bravery in tackling such a timely and important issue. I have no doubt that this book will minister to many. These are not easy topics and it is done with grace and taste while still keeping it real. What is especially exceptional is that she doesn’t attempt to ‘fix’ all the problems with pat solutions. Bravo for a book that will minister to people struggling with sexual sin of any kind.
I have read and appreciated many of Sutton’s books including the first two in this series, but I think this book could be understood and enjoyed without reading the first two. Be warned that there is definitely sexual content, but it unapologetically focuses on Christ and the message that there is hope for all through Him.