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1. Clint and Sara struggled to believe God’s promises of protection and healing when life gave them a multitude of reasons to stop hoping. Can you relate? What scriptures do you cling to when life grows dark and painful?
2. What about when things don’t go the way we prayed? Or when it seems like God hasn’t protected and healed? I love the book of Job because Job’s example gives us the freedom to ask God why and also to be reminded of the truth that we don’t see the big picture God sees. When you read Job 1:8—12, 38:1—7, 42:1—3; 1 Corinthians 13:12; and 1 John 4:16, what thoughts come to mind? How can these verses strengthen our hearts when life hurts?
3. In the daily battles we face, internal and external, sometimes it appears that evil is winning. Like Clint and Sara, we’re tempted to harden our hearts against hope because we’re weary and just want to escape the pain. But what do Psalm 62:5, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, and 1 John 5:4 say is the foundation of our hope? How do you stay open to hope and to God?
4. Think of a time when you’ve been wounded in the battles of life or prayed for others who have been wounded. What do Psalm 103:1—5 and Romans 5:3—5 say about hope, God’s healing, and our response to difficult times?
5. What provision and promise has God given to each of us in Ephesians 6:10—18, 1 Timothy 6:12, and Hebrews 11:1 that will enable us to fight the fight of faith with hope…and win?
6. Frank’s dying wish was that, for better or for worse, those he loved would hold tight to the truth that God is on His throne and always good. If you’ve lost a loved one, how did God comfort you? What legacy of hope do you want to leave your loved ones?
7. In the face of death, what does it mean to grieve with hope? Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13—18. How does Paul tell us to deal with death and encourage one another?
8. When you read in Job 1:21 about blessing the name of the Lord when He gives and takes away, what does that stir up in you? If we lived like we believed this verse, how would our actions show it?
9. In what ways do we praise God? Are some methods of praise easier for you than others? Why or why not?
10. At the end of the story, Sara says she wished she’d believed Frank’s words earlier. But her best friend says, “Sometimes we have to walk through the fire before we believe God can be trusted. Experience has a way of pressing head knowledge into our heart.” How have you found this to be true in your life?
11. John 6:29 says, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." What does this mean to you? What about 1 John 3:23? Is belief something that comes easily to you? Why or why not?
12. One huge issue Clint struggled with throughout the book was body image. He hated all the physical and emotional changes cancer thrust upon him. He hated his own weakness. And how he viewed himself affected his faith, his marriage, and his job performance. Even without a major illness, most of us struggle with liking the view in our mirrors. Why do you think that is? And what do Genesis 1:27, 31; Psalm 45:11, 139:14; Zephaniah 3:17; and 2 Corinthians 12:9 have to say about what God thinks when He looks at us, His image-bearers?
13. Why do you think it took Sara a long time to stop depending on people and circumstances? Have you ever struggled with that? How did Sara begin to depend on God and what part did praising Him play in that change?
14. Sara believed she was a failure when circumstances turned out badly or when she didn’t measure up to her expectations. Fear of failure is a common struggle that drives many of us to do better and to try harder instead of depending on the Lord. Take a look at Isaiah 41:10, 43:1—2; and John 16:33. How can these verses help us move from fear to faith?
15. Clint, Steven, and Michael exemplify the real-life FBI agents and other law-enforcement officers who are committed to protecting our children. If you have children in your life, how have you taught them about staying safe? Here are some possible scriptures to pray with your children, nieces and nephews, or other young people you care about to help them (and you) remember that God is our protector: Psalm 18:2, 23:4—6, 59:16—17, and 91:1—2.
16. If you don’t already, will you please consider praying with the children in your life for the law-enforcement officers who serve us, daily working to keep us all safe? What other ways can you think of to encourage these men and women?
17. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says that love never fails. But many Christians experience broken or painful relationships. What do 1 John 4:16—19, Mark 12:30—32, and 1 Peter 1:22 say about God’s love and how we are to love one another?
Posted November 12, 2010
This would be considered a Christian book which is good -- no foul language nor graphic sex -- anyone struggling with their faith / cancer / deadly diseases / etc. could benefit and enjoy this book. A little intense for some readers in as much as reading is often meant to basically entertain -- this one would be a little emotional for that catagory. Its well written and has mystery / drama combined well. Spiritually speaking I do not agree with some of the things that "God Said" because it doesn't follow the bible. If you would be offended by that sort of thing don't read this. I do believe Amy is a talented writer overall.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2009
A book about multifaceted relationships as real as life itself. Love of parents, love of a spouse. A doctor's love for her patients. A brother's love for his sister. Parents love for their children. <BR/><BR/>If you've ever been in that hard place, where you wonder why God has allowed something unbearable to happen in your life, you will relate to the characters in Amy Wallace's book. And you will stay on the roller coaster ride with them to the end.<BR/><BR/>A book with take-home value. This is the first book of Amy Wallace's I have read but it won't be my last.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2008
Healing Promises, the second book in Amy Wallace's Defender's of Hope series reunites all of our favorite characters from book one, Ransomed Dreams. Though all the characters are present, Healing Promises focuses on FBI Agent Clint Rollins and his oncologist wife, Sara, who struggles when Clint is diagnosed with cancer. The book charges out of the gate with scenes featuring Clint, Michael, and Steven hard at work in the Crimes Against Children Unit at the FBI. As in Ransomed Dreams, the suspense plot in Healing Promise revolves around finding missing children, but this time we have a serial killer on the loose. One who loves to share his thinking and deeds with the readers in a very realistic way. Healing Promises is a solid read that delves deeply into the characters personal lives and their struggle with trusting God to care for them. Wallace brings us a powerful message that we all can relate to as we battle on a daily basis with the many challenging blows we face. In Healing Promises, Wallace has followed many of the writing techniques employed by good writers. The most notable, is to make your characters suffer and when you think they've had enough, make them suffer more. Wallace takes the characters in this book to their breaking point and then ups the ante, much as God seems to do in our lives. Wallace has done a thorough job of researching cancer treatments and provides the readers with just the right amount of information to make them understand the tremendous struggle involved in surviving this disease, but not too much to overpower the story. Though this is a suspense novel, as it has the missing children theme woven through out and has very realistic scenes that delve into the killer¿s motivations, I found it to be equally or more so a contemporary novel featuring faith, love, loss, and relationship struggles. The suspense plot moves the story forward, but it's the characters that make this book well worth the read. So if you're looking for a rush to the finish action packed suspense book this isn't the story for you, but if you want to combine suspense and savor a little romance and a lot of personal life struggles along the way, pick up Healing Promises. You won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2008
When FBI agent Clint Rollins was shot while rescuing a young boy, the doctors discover a more serious problem. Clint has cancer. His wife, Dr. Sara Rollins, is an oncologist she knows the odds of survival and the side effects of the treatments. The illness challenges their faith in God and in each other. There is a serial killer stalking children. Clint holds the clue to the killer¿s identity deep in his memory however the chemo has clouded his thinking. ¿The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Lord.¿ Healing Promises by Amy Wallace is a story filled with wisdom, trials, and triumphs. We need to trust in the Lord and depend on Him even during our darkest moments. Sara¿s knowledge overwhelmed her and almost stole her hope. Clint wanted to withdrawal within himself during the treatments instead of reaching out to others for support. Healing Promises teaches depending on God and praising Him, for He is Lord. I watched a friend go through a very similar battle. Healing Promises helps me to understand what she was feeling. It was as though I was reading her story. Healing Promises is installment two in the Defenders of Hope series. This book stands well alone. The characters come to life on the pages. I really cared about them. I cried with them and smiled with them. It is refreshing to read a love story that has Christian morals. Healing Promises does not rely on steamy scenes to keep the reader turning pages. The characters are celibate until married. They turn to God in prayer for their strength and for each other. Healing Promises is a well-written romantic suspense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2008
This is one of those books that I couldn¿t put down. From the first page, 'Healing Promises' takes off running. Wallace has populated her book with an intriguing cast of characters. There are no cookie-cutter, two dimensional people here. Wallace dares to look at the reality of each situation with honesty and hope. She¿s not afraid to say it like it is, even when getting into the head of the ¿bad guy.¿ But this isn¿t just a crime novel. While the agents of the Crimes Against Children Unit continue their desperate search for a serial kidnapper, Agent Clint Rollins and his wife, Sara, are facing the biggest trial of their lives Clint¿s battle with cancer. The juxtaposition of these two plotlines provides a wonderful combination of heart-stopping action and heart-rending emotion. I highly recommend this novel, and look forward to more great reads from this talented author!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2008
FBI Agent Clint Rollins gets hit with a bullet and ends up finding he has cancer. Emotions are hard for both Clint, his wife, friends, family and others as he tries to cope with not being able to work on a case while battling cancer. Clint's wife is an Oncologist who treats people with cancer but has never had to deal with what patients feel before this. Then there is Clint's partner, Steven who is engaged to Gracie. This book continues from 'Ransomed Dreams' to the wedding of Steven and Gracie. Another FBI Agent, Michael and Steven's sister, Hanna begin a relationship. You read about children being abducted and killed and the search and frustration with trying to prevent others from being hurt. You want to puck your guts out as it makes you sick what this guy does. Be sure you have plenty of kleenexs available while reading this book. Also it will grasp you from the first sentence. I read the first half of the book in one night. I could not put it down. A lot of the emotions in the book I experienced while battling an ankle fusion and surgery and scares of cancer, so it hit home to me. I have asked many of the same questions raised in this book myself and this book along with 'Ransomed Dreams' caused me to return to the hope I was about to walk away from.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2008
In Healing Promises Amy Wallace has delivered another heart-tugging story. In this, Book Two in the Defenders of Hope series, the lives of FBI Agent Clint Rollins and his wife, Sara, a doctor, are turned upside down when they learn of his life threatening illness. Fighting the physical and mental weakness he hates, Clint still tries to help his partner track down a serial killer of young boys. The twists and turns of this story will have you turning the pages long after you should be getting on to other things¿ Amy Wallace has crafted yet another terrific tale!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
Amy Wallace can write a gripping tale of romantic suspense like none other. And Healing Promises was so riveting I finished it quickly despite my busy schedule. The characters were all very well developed and felt so real. I loved how romantic many of the scenes were, especially with Clint and Sara. Yet, they had their marital challenges, too. There were never pat answers to the trials they went through but true emotion and spiritual struggles abounded. I loved the honesty and the detail regarding Clint's struggle with his health. The research was very well done. I also loved how the author got me hooked in advance on the characters of Michael and Hanna. It's a no brainer that I am going to want to read the next installment in this series. I loved these secondary characters and the issues they struggled with. Very well done. This story had so many touching scenes and emotionally gripping conflicts that I can't pick one to discuss without spoiling the story. So I'll refrain. I have to say, however, that the POV of the killer was pretty creepy but very realistic. The psychology of the man was right on target and the hunt for the man who killed children was well paced enough to keep you on your seat and holding your breath. Sometimes when I read a book I find myself wanting to skip over some points of view to get to others but this story was well balanced in that respect. I'm just so impressed with this story. I loved it even more than the first book. It can only keep getting better. Highly recommended. This book is a winner!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2008
Book 2 in the Defenders of Hope Series centers around Clint and Sara Rollins. Clint takes a bullet while trying to rescue a child and as a result comes face to face with something unexpected that changes the lives of everyone one around them. Cancer is something Sara Rollins is very familiar with. As an oncologist she always encourages her patients not to lose hope. But now the ugly monster has landed on her doorstep. Will she be able to follow her own advice? Clint has always been a strong leader, both physically and spiritually. How will he handle what God has set before him? Is his faith really strong enough to carry them through this difficult trial? This is an emotionally charged story yet filled with hope and encouragement. The suspense of tracking down a seriel killer kept me on the edge of my seat. I COULD NOT put it down! One thing I REALLY enjoyed about the book is that it picked up where RANDSOMED DREAMS left off. Though Clint and Sara are the main focus, there is a lot of interaction with the other characters that you've gotten to know. You can read Healing Promises as a stand alone and not feel left out, but I think reading Randsomed Dreams first will really enrich the story. I highly recommend this book. You can feel that Amy puts her heart and soul into her writing. It comes through on every page. I am anxiously awaiting the third installment due out April of 2009! Great work Amy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
FBI agent Clint Rollins proudly works in the Crimes Against Children Unit risking his life whenever a child is in danger. His latest case to save a youngster led to his being shot. However, he believes he has a guardian angel because the hospital tests reveal he has cancer that was caught in time with the help of chemotherapy.------- However, Clint¿s spouse Sara has mixed feelings about her husband¿s cancer. On the one hand she is very grateful that it was found early, but on the other she feels guilty that she as oncologist should have diagnosed it she questions her abilities and in a circular logical way feels more guilt about her feelings. Meanwhile in spite of the side effects of chemo treatment, Clint needs to uncover the identity of a child serial killer before some other innocent dies.--------- Both Clint and Sara question whether God deserted them as they face a trial of faith, as much as the flesh in the second Defenders of Hope series (see RANSOMED DREAMS). The exciting FBI investigation returns characters from the first book in support roles. However, HEALING PROMISES belongs to the lead couple as each has something to prove more to themselves than the other or to God while doubting yet praying for Clint to recover. Amy Wallace provides a fabulous inspirational thriller starring realistic protagonists.----------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2013
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Posted July 21, 2010
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