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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
You Can Rise Up is a Christian fiction novella written by Karlene Stewart. Carla Henderson had a rich and loving family life. Her mom was a dressmaker and worked at home, and her dad was in construction. Carla was their only child and was the apple of their eye. She was an active, healthy and inquisitive child who enjoyed both dolls and toy trucks, and would later on take up both karate and football. Her best friend, Aisha, was more like a sister than a friend, and the two did everything together, even studying. Carla had an easier time getting the A’s than Aisha, but that never mattered to the two friends. What did end up mattering, and started all of Carla’s troubles, was when Aisha got a boyfriend. Tony was two years older than Aisha and was about to enter Teachers College. He and Aisha both wanted to be teachers. Carla missed spending all her time with Aisha now that Tony was in the picture, and she wanted a boyfriend of her own. She met Ricky online and was taken by the tragic circumstances surrounding his early life. She felt that she understood him, but Carla failed to see that Ricky wasn’t really boyfriend material -- and he didn’t share her dreams.
Karlene Stewart’s Christian fiction novella, You Can Rise Up, is a well-written and compelling look at a young girl’s coming of age under trying circumstances. The author’s foreword indicates that her premise in writing this book was to understand how young people, who have everything going for them, end up making bad choices, choices that can change their lives forever. Or do they? Stewart examines the healing power of prayer as Carla discovers that Christ has not abandoned her. Watching just how far she can rise, with the help of her Lord, is inspiring. You Can Rise Up is a well-written and powerful novella, and it’s highly recommended.