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When David discovers he has a secret admirer, he agrees to ...
When David discovers he has a secret admirer, he agrees to meet Tamara, the naive, unsuspecting girl of his dreams who immediately captures his heart. David, who worries Tamara will not be so admiring if she knows of his weakened spirit and character defects, is thrilled when Tamara falls in love with him. Eventually the couple is introduced to God’s unconditional love. After they marry, both believe they will live in bliss—until David develops a rebellious heart against God and welcomes his demons back into his life. As a whirlwind of calamity brews, David begins questioning everything, including his faith.
Inspired by true events, Destiny Deferred is a touching story about human failures, forgiveness, and faith as a broken man is confronted with his ultimate showdown—insanity versus sanctification—bringing into question God’s plan for him.
“This is a beautiful story of love, grace, and redemption. As a counselor, I would heartedly recommend this book for anyone who is wondering if he or she, too, can be forgiven and given a second chance.”
—Kathleen Arveson, PhD, certified professional counselor
Posted February 5, 2013
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It was a pleasure to read Destiny Deferred. When I first opened the book, my intention was to read three chapters before retiring for the night. Well, it so engaged me that I read about half of the book and then finished it the next day.
From beginning to end, the book engaged me. I found myself inserted into the lives of the fictional characters. At one point, I was tempted to slap David but was able to restrain myself. And when reading a chapter near the end of the book, I became angry at the woman at the hotel - the nerve of her.
My favorite was Chapter 10, "Destiny." Yes! That spoke volumes and certainly made a penetrating impression in my heart.
Do I recommend Destiny Deferred? Yes, without hesitation. In particular, what's striking is that it's Donnell Watts' first book. He did an exceptional job as a first time book author.
Cheers to a stirring story and the manner in which it was weaved.
S. R. Hicks
President, Solid Journey
Posted January 14, 2013
I found the book very interesting, moving and a wonderful story and especially well written with a fresh approach. The theme though religious can be appreciated by even non-believers. Man's failures and set backs are not always fatal, and I like the way the author handles this and other themes. A good book does not have to contain violence, excessive sexual scenes or profanity to hold the readers' attention. In fact, the lack of those traits so common in books and movies, make this story one that more modest readers and those with "sensitive-ears" can enjoy. For the more worldly readers, there are innuendoes with enough said to provide you with the "love" and sex you like in a book. But, the main message the author wants the reader to get, whether you agree or not, is made painstakingly clear.
Donnell Watts writes with the proficiency and skill that exceed many authors, and he shows an understanding of people and many different fields. He does not continuously resort and rely on clichés as many new authors, but comes up with his own descriptions that are more vivid and clear. For example, instead of saying, "She was my everything" he says, "She was the gas in my tank." The latter provides an even clearer representation of a motivating force without elevating the woman to God. Mr. Watts also shows his skill and understanding in the area of psychology when he talks about forgiveness. What he says - that you must forgive to feel free and free up space in your heart - is exactly what well known authors and experts say, though perhaps, without the religious emphasis.
Finally, I like it that Mr. Watts stays true to his main character while still writing a book for everyone. Although, at times he briefly tells other characters' stories, he never strays too far from his main character, with the exception of Tamara, the central female character. To not fully develop this figure and examine her flaws and strengths would cause the book not to be "meant for" females and well as males. Regardless of your religious persuasion, sex or age (even teens can benefit from reading the book), Destiny Deferred is a book worth your time, and one that you will enjoy and that will leave you feeling good.