In February of this year I posted an article called “The Vow: Not Exactly What Hollywood Says,” in which I posted my review of the movie and my anticipation to read the book afterwards. In that post I mentioned a Fox News article that interviewed the real life couple from The Vow. In that interview the couple mentioned that their story had been nothing short of an act of God, and they gave all due credit to him, despite the layout of the Hollywood film.
Lucky for me, I have a dear friend who bought me the book for my birthday, and in three days I finished the entire thing and fell much further in love with the couple’s story. As I had suspected, the couple was much more grounded in faith than the movie mentions. In fact, the book is categorized as Religion/ Christian Life/ Inspirational. It’s a Christian book.
The story in the book is told from the point of view of the husband Kim Carpenter, which I think makes it all the more powerful. First, he starts out by explaining how he and his wife Krickitt met each other. Their meet-cute displays nothing less than God’s sovereignty. God knows who you will marry, when you will meet them and how. You don’t have to go looking for a mate, because God already picked them out. Even in the oddest of places and the farthest of cities, if God wants you to be together, it will happen. Remember that.
After walking through the dating process, engagement, and wedding, Carpenter goes on to explain what happened in the first three months of their married life, and how those events changed their lives forever. A devastating car wreck left Kim and Krickitt in critical conditions soon after their big wedding day. While Kim was injured badly, he healed much easier than Krickitt, who had to spend many months in therapy and rehabilitation. Kim describes his struggles, faith, persistence, and endurance as he fights for his wife, juggles medical bills, and helps coach Krickitt back to normal.
Finally the book shares the story of Kim and Krickitt’s second courtship, engagement, and wedding, and how the media quickly became another huge entity in their lives. The book ends with the present day story; filming the movie with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, raising kids, and growing closer to God and one another every day.
Throughout the story Kim continuously gives praise and thanks to God, the real author of the story. I was surprised to find out that the story took place almost 14 years ago, and yet God is still using it for his glory. In fact, the couple published their first book of this story in the year 2000. It is 12 years later and they just published an updated version–how beautiful!
Kim and Krickitt’s story is one of God-honoring perseverance and commitment. It shows us the true depths of promising to love someone forever and hold on to that love as long as both shall live. It models the metaphor of Christ and his love for the church, and the beautiful shower of grace and forgiveness that comes with that. The Vow is not just a love story, it’s a God-story.
For a quick read, a heart-warming story and a faith-filled adventure, I highly recommend this book. I also suggest watching the movie too and making your own comparison between the two. Both are fantastic and both are God-inspired. If you’ve read the book or plan on doing so, comment your thoughts below!