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From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2011

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    the story was like sunlight overtaking shadows through a windowpane

    I often find that some of the most interesting looking novels I think I'd like to read are by an author named Tricia Goyer. I have been wanting to read her works for several years now, and I finally chose to read "From Dust and Ashes" (apparently the first in a WWII series). I hoped I would not be disappointed, as I had been getting increasingly disenchanted with Christian contemporary authors of late. Disappointed with this? No way!! I cannot say enough good things about this book. In fact, it made it to #14 in my Top 20 favorite fiction books (and that's saying something, since that hasn't happened in 4 years). First off, the characters and events were so realistically real, that I often caught myself about to pray for them! Goyer's sweet and gentle, quiet and tender way of storytelling naturally grew and blossomed into a tale that never felt forced. Her descriptions of settings and characters were so vivid, I could imagine their faces and surroundings well. It felt like a movie being played out in my mind's eye. In fact, I don't know how a movie could do a book like this justice. This is a book in which you really learn, along with the main characters. You can see how if we trust the Guide, He will never leave us, and all things (even the bad things) will turn out for the good in the eternal end for them that love Him. The book is divided into three parts, with a different poem by the author before each part. I am not usually one for poetry, but these were remarkably good, illustrating the story well. Is this a romance? Yes, there is romance in it, but it is not of the fluffy cotton candy sort. It is much deeper, better than that. In fact, I've read many reviews where men actually enjoyed the book. The author apparently did a lot of research in order to make it historically accurate, but this does not make the book laborious or bogged down by facts. In fact, actual veterans from the 11th Armored Division reviewed this book (and I think were also consulted in the writing of it) and shared their high opinion of Goyer's work on the back cover and first couple pages. I should say that this is a tale mainly concerning 3 characters (an SS wife, an American GI, and a concentration camp survivor) and how their lives touch the other's in the days immediately after the ending of the war in Europe. It is not about Jews in the Holocaust, necessarily. For those afraid of trying out a novel about the horror of the WWII camps: although the book is realistic and does not deny the hard facts of history, I think the faint-of-heart could handle this. I've been reading other people's reviews from other sources and some of the complaints about them. Some argue it is too preachy, or heavy handed with spirituality. I did not find that to be the case. Probably only those who have experienced having to totally depend on God will understand the emphasis on this theme in the book. Some argue the ending is too neatly wrapped up in a bow. But no one complains about "Jane Eyre" for the same reason. Although I kind of started to get a little ancy about a third of the way through the story, wishing something a little more would happen, eventually the plot picked up and several plot twists made this book anything but predictable. For those who read their novels starting with the ending and working their way backward-- DON'T YOU DARE!! Wow. I am looking forward to reading more from Goyer

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    Posted October 14, 2013


    Nursery of Ashclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    Highly recommended!

    I loved this book.The characters were very real, very interesting. It is one of those books that you find yourself thinking about when you are not reading it.I hope Tricia Goyer writes more-and soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    A truly moving novel!

    Tricia's writing brings you into this book in such an amazing way. Though fictional, so much of it is based on factual information that you truly believe this story and the characters and feel as if you are witnessing what is happening. Her writing makes you stop and remember all involved in the holocaust and what a huge impact it had on those there, prisoners, guards, the US soldiers, local townsmen and their families. It is a definite "can't put it down" book! The characters are so moving that I was ready to meet all of them and check on how they are! I can't wait for more books to come from Mrs. Goyer! I recommend this to all!

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