Bound To A Promiseby Bonnie Floyd
This may sound like the beginning of a fiction thriller, but it isn’t. This is a true story, and the nightmare was all too real. Life as Bonnie had known it was over, and the future she faced was unimaginable . .
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At six o’clock on a cold, foggy morning in Fresno, California, Bonnie Floyd’s horrific nightmare began . . . but she was wide-awake!
This may sound like the beginning of a fiction thriller, but it isn’t. This is a true story, and the nightmare was all too real. Life as Bonnie had known it was over, and the future she faced was unimaginable . . . unspeakable.
Bound to a Promise is a nonfiction novel, told in fascinating, page-turning fiction style. This astonishing true story will grab you with the first sentence and hold you captive until the very last page.
Based on Scotland Yard’s investigation, newspaper reports, court transcripts, and eyewitness accounts, Bound to a Promise has it all—exotic settings, courtroom drama, real-life adventure, convicting testimony, and puzzling mystery.
The key to this disturbing drama hangs on a very crucial and binding promise made to Bonnie. Did the promise maker keep that promise or was there a chance it was broken? The answer to that burning question had everlasting consequences both for the one who made the promise and to whom the promise was made.
This shocking story is like an exciting action movie played out in powerful print. Don’t be surprised if it captures your heart and you, too, become bound to a promise.
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Meet the Author
Real, relatable and refreshing are words often used to describe Bonnie L. Floyd. Perhaps it is because she could easily be a next door neighbor to any of us. Bound to a Promise is a true story of tragedy and redemption that unexpectedly resulted in the opportunity to share that story with others and ultimately, the birth of Bonnie Floyd Ministries in 1996.
Bonnie has taken her contagious zeal for the Lord and her authentic love for people to various conferences, retreats and churches throughout the United States and beyond.
Her powerful and dynamic messages bring the Scriptures alive to audiences of all ages and offer useful and practical ways to apply them to everyday living.
For several years, Bonnie served in various capacities with Women of Faith and is currently an administrator for Barry & Sheila Walsh. More importantly, she has a deep love and respect for God’s Word that is born out of her service as a teacher and small group leader for over 23 years.
Bonnie has been married to “her Donnie” since 1987. Both California natives, they now make their home in Celina, TX – a home which provides a perfect setting to share Bonnie’s passion for cooking by entertaining family and friends. They make their church home at Genesis Metro Church in Frisco, Texas where Bonnie, who was ordained a Minister of the Gospel in 2010, is an active member in women’s ministries.
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Reading this book, Bound to a Promise, has left me wondering ~ is the beauty that lies within it’s pages the poignant words of a daughter’s heartbreaking loss and subsequent forgiveness, or the faith that remains steadfast through-out? The first would give one pause, a chance to question faith in humanity and perhaps one’s faith entirely. But the second lends itself the one true reason to write such a book ~ to speak, to share, to write it all down and give glory to Him .... now that’s a way to witness! From the opening pages of her childhood, parents divorce, teeange spiritedness and meeting Donnie, the pages flow with character and ease. I had to smile at her dialog with her dad and the “look list” they’d share, like #27 being that’s inappropriate or #20 don’t follow. It gives great lead the strong relationship that Bonnie (Bean) and her dad shared as both a young child up to the point where he was lost to her in a senseless, sad murder. And it’s a savage murder indeed! 3 men who climb un-welcomed onto their boat while sailing in Antiqua brutally take the lives of Bonnie’s parent and 2 crew members. They are caught and brought to trial. And it’s through this trial that Bonnie shares the ‘meat and bones’ of this novel’s purpose, I believe. And that is, as she states, God’s message: “the purpose in your heart is not to hate.” It was brutal, violent, horrific and no one should have to hear that a parent(s) died in such manner, let alone sit through weeks after weeks of the trial that ultimately brings justice to a senseless crime. But out of that, a bond is formed with Bonnie and Donaldson, one of the criminals that accepted Christ into his heart and the ensuing spiritual relationship was formed. God calls upon us to forgive those in that we do not harbor unforgiveness in our hearts. Bonnie has done that on an unfathomable level through her enviable relationship with God. She not only trusted Him in her greatest moment of tribulation, but rejoiced Him in moments of triumph and wrote it all down. It’s reflected in the crux of this unforgettable book as a wonderful tool of ministering to others. There times most of us are stand still, reach into the corners of our minds and hearts and wonder “What is my purpose in life?” and I believe, having read this exceptional book, that Bonnie Floyd has most definitely found hers. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me (to review and give my honest opinion) by The B&B Media Group. The opinion expressed above is my own.
I found this book to be a page-turner. From chapter 6 thru to chapter 10, I was in tears, then it was a little easier, but tears still dropped throughout this story. Bonnie's steadfast faith in our God is reaffirming. I loved every page and I was sorry when it ended. I know I love a good book when I don't want it to end, and I wanted to know so much more when I finished this book. It is a great read.
Bonnie Floyd in her new book, “Bound To A Promise” published by Creative Enterprises Studio takes us into the life of Bonnie Floyd. From the back cover: At six o’clock on a cold, foggy morning in Fresno, California, Bonnie Floyd’s horrific nightmare began . . . but she was wide-awake! This may sound like the beginning of a fiction thriller, but it isn’t. This is a true story, and the nightmare was all too real. Life as Bonnie had known it was over, and the future she faced was unimaginable . . . unspeakable. Bound to a Promise is a nonfiction novel, told in fascinating, page-turning fiction style. This astonishing true story will grab you with the first sentence and hold you captive until the very last page. Based on Scotland Yard’s investigation, newspaper reports, court transcripts, and eyewitness accounts, Bound to a Promise has it all-exotic settings, courtroom drama, real-life adventure, convicting testimony, and puzzling mystery. The key to this disturbing drama hangs on a very crucial and binding promise made to Bonnie. Did the promise maker keep that promise or was there a chance it was broken? The answer to that burning question had everlasting consequences both for the one who made the promise and to whom the promise was made. This shocking story is like an exciting action movie played out in powerful print. Don’t be surprised if it captures your heart and you, too, become bound to a promise. You would think that this kind of situation could not happen to a Christian, yet it did. Why didn’t God prevent it? Individuals who do not know God certainly do not listen to Him so these individuals committed murder. However God was there for Bonnie and helped her through the entire time it took to bring about justice. I am pretty much sure that I could not have handled it but Ms. Floyd did with the help of God. It took years of waiting for the suspects to be arrested and the trial to begin. That kind of patience only can be given by God. ”Bound To A Promise” is a story of deliverance and forgiveness. Ms. Floyd could have sunk into bitterness and a want of revenge but instead leaned on her faith and found compassion. Ms. Floyd has given us an extraordinary story of her true life experience that shows no matter what life throws at us as long as we walk with God we cannot be broken and can rise above the situation. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B & B Media Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
"Never in a million years did I think I would be feeling so apprehensive about a trip to Jethou, but then I never thought my parents would be murdered either. Life is so uncertain, and that is why what Kimberly's mom, Shirley, said to me the day I got "the call" keeps me from fearing what tomorrow may bring. She said, "Bonnie, I know this has shocked you and shaken you to the core, but honey, this did not take God by surprise." Couple that with Pastor Johnson saying, "God, could have prevented this, but He didn't, and He doesn't make mistakes," and you've got a certain God in an uncertain world. It is not God who makes our lives uncertain, it it those who choose to sin. God knew my phone would ring that fateful morning, and in His sovereignty He orchestrated His angels to watch over me, and He sent my brothers and sisters in Christ to come alongside me. Therefore, I rest in my faith, knowing that God can and will see me through anything." (pg 89). In the book, Bound to A Promise by Bonnie Floyd, she chronicles the true story of the murders of her father William Norman Clever, his wife Kathleen and two crew man aboard the yacht Challenger, Thomas Williams, and Ian (Criddy) Cridland. It was the phone call no one ever wants to get and one that would consume years waiting for the suspects to be arrested and the trial to begin. But more than that, this book is about what redemption and salvation looks like for the believer that has to deal with a situation no one ever wants to deal with and how it looks to come out of it on the other side. It show cases how prayer and faith in God got both Bonnie and her husband Don along with their family and friends through the darkest of times. It is a book based on the true story of those murders but more than that it is a store of restoration of lost souls and finding compassion instead of bitterness as the reader takes a walk back in time in Bonnie's shoes through this entire nightmare. Her faith in God remains evident on every single page and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this. I received Bound to a Promise by Bonnie Floyd compliments of B and B Media Group for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. The opinions contained in this review are strictly my own. This is such a great testimony not only of Bonnie's life of faith but also how God answers in some of the darkest moments of our life. The road is not one that is easily traveled but when you consider the alternative fork in the road, you can see the results of this endeavor once she emerges on the other side stronger in her faith than ever before. God never left her or her parents and He gives her confirmation of that through several ways. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this to anyone struggling with faith in why God allows bad things to happen. It is life changing.
Although this was an exciting, edge of your seat, story, this book was thought provoking. I pondered throughout, reflecting upon those in my life who died without me knowing for certain if they had decided to follow Jesus prior to their death. Not only is this an exciting and inspirational book for the believer, it would also be an excellent tool to open dialogue with those who have not yet made this decision. I encourage you to buy a copy for yourself and a copy to give to a friend. May we bind everyone in our lives to this promise!