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A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances
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A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances

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by Trish Ryan
 

In her first book, Trish Ryan chronicled the ways in which finding faith lead her to the happily-ever-after ending that had eluded her for so long. Only it wasn't an ending. It was a beginning.

In A MAZE OF GRACE, Ryan picks up where she left off, sharing the early years of her marriage, and the challenges that both shaped and startled her: temptations

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In her first book, Trish Ryan chronicled the ways in which finding faith lead her to the happily-ever-after ending that had eluded her for so long. Only it wasn't an ending. It was a beginning.

In A MAZE OF GRACE, Ryan picks up where she left off, sharing the early years of her marriage, and the challenges that both shaped and startled her: temptations regarding fidelity, the anxiety of shifting body image, the awkward nature of following Jesus in a decidedly secular family and city, and struggles (depression, trying to conceive) that made her wonder if God had lost her file.

With appealing candor, Ryan sweeps the reader into her life and ponders questions and issues that we all face, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way that are sure to inspire, encourage and help readers from all walks of life.

Editorial Reviews

author of Secrets to Happiness and The Big Love Sarah Dunn
"Trish Ryan's A Maze of Grace is a witty and graceful account of what happens when a nice girl finally gets her Happily Ever After. I couldn't put it down, and can't wait to see what happens next.
author of The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin
Trish Ryan is the rare writer who can range from the deepest questions of the soul to hilarious moments of everyday life. Most striking is her honesty about her struggles - with her faith and her penchant for Ann Taylor clothes, with her marriage and her weight. This engaging account of a spiritual journey will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.
author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter Lisa Patton
Trish Ryan writes about love, hope, and faith with such clairvoyance that I feel as though my best friend is sharing her heart with me. A Maze of Grace is a beautifully written, must-read memoir for anyone, especially for those seeking to find hope among the wreckage.
author of Not The Religious Type: Confessions Dave Schmelzer
One of the most impressive things in A Maze of Grace is Trish Ryan's bracing candor. A powerful, inspiring read for anyone who wonders how (or if) spiritual exploration intersects with romantic happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446545815
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Trish Ryan lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Visit her online at trishryanonline.blogspot.com and trishryanonline.com.

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Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
All right, I'm going to be incredibly honest. I won this book from a blog giveaway. I remember winning it, and I put it on my bookshelf thinking, "I'll read that someday." I knew nothing about it--not even that it was a Christian book. I had never heard of the author, and when I picked up the book, I doubted I would like it very much. My mind changed in a relatively short period of time. I discovered within a few pages that Trish Ryan was a Christian author, and this was a book that was going to change my life. For the better. And it did! I think I have said before that I don't keep books very often once I read them, but this one is definitely joining the elite ranks. The only way I would ever part from it would be if I were passing it on to someone else who needed it more than I did. Fat chance of that ever happening!! The thing I appreciated about the book so much was that Trish Ryan speaks so realistically. She doesn't hide behind "Christianese." She tells it like it is, and if she doesn't know something, she says so! It was so refreshing to read about someone who hears God speak to her regularly and doesn't buy into religious claptrap. And this woman has been through more than I probably ever will. She sees her Christian walk as a process, not just a one-time thing. I was able to identify with a lot of what she said since I myself am a divorced Christian. I also loved the fact that she made me think about my Christian walk in new ways that made good sense. I think sometimes it takes someone who did not grow up as a Christian to challenge us in our Christian beliefs. I appreciate her perspective! I cannot even begin to tell you all the things I learned. There was far too much to remember! What I will say is that she is a woman who follows Jesus, seeks His will, and still knows how to have a fun time. She writes with humor and understanding in a way few Christian female authors do. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
In her first book, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, Trish Ryan chronicled the ways in which finding faith led her to the happily-ever-after ending that had eluded her for so long. Only it wasn't an ending. It was a beginning. In A Maze of Grace, Ryan picks up where she left off, sharing the early years of her marriage and the challenges that came with it. With humor and wit, she recounts the moments that left her looking for answers, from temptations regarding fidelity and the anxiety of shifting body image to the awkward nature of following Jesus in a decidedly secular city, and a series of struggles (depression, trying to conceive) that made her wonder if God had lost her file. With appealing candor, Ryan sweeps the reader into her life and ponders questions and issues that we all face, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way that are sure to inspire, encourage, and help women in all walks of life. (excerpt from inside flap). My Review: I'd love the true honesty that comes across in A Maze of Grace, A Memoir of Second Chances by Trish Ryan. I hadn't been fortunate to read the first book but picking up just after her marriage, she faces the same struggles that all of us at one time or another have thought about. Girls at our husbands work flirting with them while struggling with our own self image issues, having thoughts about other men, even though we never acted on them, dealing with wanting children and waiting on God to provide and during that time, questioning her faith because even though she knew Sarah was blessed in her old age, she didn't think God was still working miracles like that today. She faces every single obstacle that new believers and new married couples face in the first few years of marriage and she walks us through them all with a great blend of humor, "one being when after several years of trying to have a baby and being left barren, while holding the baby of a friend, a man comes by and tells her that she and her husband ought to stop holding up the process and pop a few out, while in her mind she is visualizing kicking him in the family jewels." This is just the real down to earth writing that Trish shares in taking us through the difficult years that she and her husband faced. I think it keeps it real for all of us and shows us that we are all human and struggle at times in our faith, but that God is faithful and will always come through. I received this book, compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups, for my honest review. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars easily for the honest way that Trish shares the story of faith. This book is available in hardcover and eBook formats. It retails for between $15-$19