Seasons under Heaven

Seasons under Heaven

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by Beverly LaHaye, Terri Blackstock
     
 

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What does a childs life-threatening illness cost the neighbors of Cedar Circle? What joys can be hidden in lifes greatest tragedies? Behind brightly lit windows and on front porches, marriages are tested and mended, hearts broken, hopes resurrected, dreams released and reformed, values and futures shaped, and faith rekindled . . . or found for the first time.

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What does a childs life-threatening illness cost the neighbors of Cedar Circle? What joys can be hidden in lifes greatest tragedies? Behind brightly lit windows and on front porches, marriages are tested and mended, hearts broken, hopes resurrected, dreams released and reformed, values and futures shaped, and faith rekindled . . . or found for the first time.

Taking the best and worst of human circumstancesthe tender moments, the laughter, the tragedies, and the triumphsBeverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock weave from them a poignant, warmly human novel. Gently uncovering the inner struggles, stresses, and joys that surface among neighbors living on a quiet cul-de-sac, the authors show us the power of ordinary lives being knit into a strong, many-textured fabric of family and friendships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780783892290
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
G. K. Hall Inspirational Series
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Beverly LaHaye (cwfa.org) is the best-selling author of (with Terri Blackstock) Seasons Under Heaven, Showers in Season, Times and Seasons, and The Act of Marriage (with her husband, Tim). She is the founder and chairwoman of Concerned Women for America and shares a daily devotional commentary on the nationally syndicated radio show Concerned Women Today. She and her husband live in southern California.

Terri Blackstock (terriblackstock.com) is the bestselling author of Last Light, Night Light, True Light, the Sun Coast Chronicles, Second Chances, Newpointe 911, and Cape Refuge suspense series, and other books. With Beverly LaHaye, she wrote Seasons Under Heaven, Showers in Season, Times and Seasons, and Season of Blessing.

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Seasons Under Heaven 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should totally be a movie!!!!! It tells of a nine year old boy Joseph Dodd suffering from dilated congestive cardiomyopathy, meaning that his heart is unable to pump blood properly. After months in the hospital Joseph teeters on the border between life and death. Will a heart for his needed heart transplant be found in time? Or will God take him back? In the meantime, Tory Sullivan's two small children, five year old Brittany and four year old Spencer, make their mother feel like they are interfering with her dream to become a writer, and her husband Barry feels like Tory cares more about writing than she does about her children. Will Tory realize just what a gift Brittany and Spencer are? Or will she continue to prefer writing? Sylvia Bryan is faced with a huge decision. Her son and daughter have both moved out, and her husband Harry wants to move to Nicaragua to do mission work. Cathy Flaherty is a single mom of three kids: seventeen year old Rick, fifteen year old Annie, and twelve year old Mark. She feels disrespected by all three of them, especially Annie, who one night returns three hours late from a date. Besides the problems with her children, she finds a condom in the pocket of Rick's jeans while doing laundry and learns that his school did a course on safe sex and handed out condoms. Will Cathy find a way to fix her problems? This book will have a large variety of problems, and this will solve all of them. Just read the book. You won't regret it, I promise. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells a wonderful story of how a group of friends/neighbors learn to rely on God and each other. The lives of four families are entwined as they celebrate life and meet the challenges that we all face in our own lives. All the while you can see God's hand working in and through each of them. When I finished reading this book I longed to live in a Cul-de-Sac with these women, praying and sharing with them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The reader is drawn into an intimate neighborhood, meets four women wrapped up in their own troubles, and follows them as they discover more about themselves through trying situations. I think the authors pushed the idealized housewife/homeschooler bit a little too much, but the story is still very heartwarming. I look forward to reading the other books in this series. The novel is a good encouragement to all women, Christian and non-Christian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a compilation of the lives of the four families who live in an upper middle class cul-de-sac in eastern Tennessee. They are in various seasons in their lives. The Dodds are a family with four children who are home-schooled and both parents stay and work at home full time. Although they seem to be the ideal, all American family, there are problems. She is a believer in God, he is not, due to emotional trauma he suffered as a child. At the heart of this book is the sudden illness of their 9 yr. old son. He ends up in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant and his Mom and Dad differ on how to best help him. The Sullivans are a couple with two preschoolers in a family which consists of a hard working husband and a slim, fit, rather obsessive, frustrated writer-wife. She has read so many self-help books she is phobic. She keeps an impeccably clean house, but she hates her role as a stay at home, unfulfilled wife and mother. The last straw was when she SAW a bestseller book on the library shelf that contained the same plot as the book she was currently writing! In anger she destroyed her manuscript and declared she was finished with writing - forever. The Flaherty family is headed by a single Mom who is a veterinarian. She has her hands full with three active, older kids, and a chip on her shoulder because she was dumped for a younger woman. Dating is completely awkward to her and she wonders if it is really worth it and feels like forgetting it. She has problems with the school's sex education classes and is willing to fight all the way to the school board. She is particularly upset with her inability to reach and control her 15 yr. old terribly rebellious daughter. The Bryans are an older Christian couple whose children have all moved out. She is lonely and feels useless, he is a cardiac surgeon with a consuming call on his heart to missions. These two are a sort of surrogate Mom and Dad to the other couples in their area. The book blends the lives of these four families in quite a remarkable way. While each family's life is intertwined and each has their own crises, the thing that pulls them together for a common purpose is the life threatening situation with 9 yr. old Joseph Dodd. Heart transplants aren't cheap, and even with insurance paying part of the bill, the Dodd family is staring at up to $35,000 out of pocket. They put their house up for sale. Not wanting to lose their good neighbors, the other families on the cul-de-sac work to raise the needed funds. This, along with the illness, changes their lives forever. The saddest part of the book is when young Joseph goes into a coma just before he is given up for dead. No heart has been found, and he cannot last more that a few hours at the most. It is a dark, emotional and frightening night at the hospital. But, what eventually happens to the child is a surprise that makes the book worth the read. Changes occur in all the families, and decisions are cemented which will change their lives forever. This is a contemporary, Christian fiction book about four families that could live in Any City, USA, and I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! It is very well written. I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down! It is a very inspirational story about friendship, friends and family coming together in the event of a crisis, the power of prayer and believing in God. A book worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good eady read!