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Posted November 17, 2013
Jim and Marilyn Anderson have reclaimed their marriage through prayer, hard work, love, and a new respect for one another. Their second honeymoon in Italy is the perfect celebration of a love renewed. Unbeknown to them, their oldest son lost his job five months earlier. He hadn't even confessed this to his wife, but continued to keep the schedule he had maintained in his previous job. He spent his days in the library and coffee shops searching the Internet for work, and coming up empty-handed. Bills mounted, bill collectors were hounding him, and his list of lies was ever growing. His faith was virtually nonexistent. What was to become of him, his wife and two young children if this pace continued? His lies and fear were overwhelming and taking a toll on his family, not to mention the effect it had on him as a man. How much longer could he keep up this deception? A family secret has yet to reveal itself, but a great uncle may hold the key to his recovery.
This second book in The Restoration Series builds upon The Dance and the marital discord that Jim and Marilyn experienced. As their marriage and faith are healing and their relationship growing, the family is once again placed in a crisis situation. Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley as a team, have delivered another successful story of family dissolution and how claiming God's promises can lead toward the discovery of true healing. Reality lives within the pages of this book regarding struggles of the human spirit. Through openness, communication and prayer, reconciliation is possible, and hope is the claim for the future. I have discovered after reading both The Dance and The Promise that thoughts of these family adversities and the healing that takes place have lingered in my mind. I think that reveals a very effective portrayal of life and the possibilities that are within our reach through faith, trust and hope.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted October 10, 2013
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No man is an island and repercussions of Jim and Marilyn Anderson’s poor choices, responses, and marital discord (The Dance, Book 1 in the Restoration series) continue to be revealed in the lives of their children.
Tom is most like his dad, and possibly most in need of his dad’s time, love and approval. Jim, however, is celebrating his marriage restoration and renewal of vows with his wife on a second honeymoon in Rome. Ironically, Jim, a former workaholic, has also been missing from Tom’s life for many years. Tom is running from truth, from love, from lies that get deeper day by day, and from his Uncle Henry, who discovers Tom’s secret life and encourages him to tell his wife the truth.
Fortunately Marilyn Anderson, like many moms, has a second sense of something being wrong in her Tom and Jean’s relationship and is praying for them. But everything blows up before Tom is able to tell the truth.
Several of the family members end up facing demons of the past to bring resolution to issues, which once again ripple out to affect not only the main characters in this well-written life drama.
Commitment these days is seen as a rare thing, life-long loving relationships even rarer. While an entertaining read, this story also provides guidance to relationship building, family dynamics, forgiveness and healing. It is also a vibrant reminder that we all in one way or another ‘become’ our parents, and our present choices will become an important part of someone else’s past. Discover the power of making –and keeping–a promise. It could change lives for generations to come.
I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Posted September 10, 2013
In The Promise, Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley give us the continuing story of the Anderson family. The main plot revolves around the son, Tom and his wife Jean, who are having much the same problems as Jim and Marilyn in The Dance. Where the first book began with how the problems were resolved, this book dives deeper into the pain that is produced by deceit and non-communication in a marriage. The reader also gets to see how Jim and Marilyn Anderson from the first book are carrying out what they’ve learned, and I loved seeing Italy through their eyes. Jim realizes what his previous behavior has produced in his son, and sets about to remedy it. The story wraps up in a beautiful way I won’t divulge. These are characters with whom the reader can relate. In fact, I became so involved with their lives I wanted to give them some advice of my own.
Posted September 8, 2013
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, "The Promise" Book Two in The Restoration Series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Tom and Jean Anderson.
From the Back Cover: One home, two hearts, and the power of a promise kept . . .
For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean-and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through two coffee shops and the library, using their wi-fi to search for a job on the internet. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage
But Tom's not the only one hiding something. Jean Anderson has a secret of her own-one that will seriously complicate their situation. Will the promises they made on their wedding day hold firm?
Without any doubt Dan Walsh is one of the best writers out there. He consistently writes books that go right to the heart, have wonderful characters that deal with issues that affect all of us. "The Promise" is no exception. "The Promise" is all about a marriage. Tom and Jean are married but not happily and Tom is unemployed. He doesn't want to tell Jean not because he fears her but because he fears his father, Jim from the previous book. The issues that Jim birthed in Tom are causing his marriage to disintegrate. It is going to take God to make it all right between father and son as well as husband and wife. This book touches on issues that can affect any marriage. The team of Walsh and Smalley takes these issues, put them in a fictional setting and get their point across without being preachy. There is healing, forgiveness, restoration all within the family and all from God. This is a wonderful book that shows the power of God to heal and restore.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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."
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Posted September 8, 2013
This is my fifth book that I have read and reviewed on Books and Needlepoint by Dan Walsh. (You can find all my reviews here. ) I continue to be touched and renewed while reading his books. This latest, the second in the Restoration Series is no exception. I would recommend reading The Dance first though as you get some background information that not knowing won't detract from the story, but I felt it gave me a better understanding of the family dynamics.
I enjoy these books because the foundation for the restoration is based in God's love and forgiveness. This is portrayed though, without being preachy and in-your-face. It is simply a story, that could be anyone's story, about things that disrupt a marriage, a family, and the importance of communication and prayer. These books have touched me on a deeper level the last couple of years as my family has faced some trials where communication and understanding have played a very big role. For awhile the communication was lost and it is just coming back to the level where it used to be. The difference that it has made in our marriage and in our family is tremendous.
So, whether or not your family is whole, struggling, on the brink of disaster - I am sure that you will take something away with you after reading them.
Posted September 5, 2013
THE PROMISE by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is an incredible inspirational Contemporary Fiction. #2 in "The Restoration" series,but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters. Although, I would suggest reading "The Dance" first just to better understand the characters of Jim and Marilyn Anderson. This is the story of Tom and Jean Anderson, a dysfunctional couple to say the least,and one who is on the verge of disaster. Tom, is Jim and Marilyn's son,from "The Dance",he has lost his job and has been lying to his wife, Jean for a few months. This is a very complex but compelling story of faith,trust,secrets,and love. While at times disheartening, it shows the truth of marriage, the struggles within a marriage, the trust involved with loving someone and trying to protect them. An overwhelming story of the power of forgiveness and love. The team of Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is suberb! Their characters are believable,realistic,engaging and very compelling. Their storyline is stressful at times while you follow the lives of their characters, but is true to life also.
"The Restoration" series is just that a restoration of what is important in life. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
*Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted September 3, 2013
I enjoyed being updated about Marilyn and Jim Anderson, the parents of Tom. They were the main characters from the first book in this series, and I am happy that the authors included them in this story. So often in a series, characters are contained in only one title. Here, the reader gets to know the Anderson family a bit better with each new book. However, if you did not read the first in The Restoration Series, The Dance, no problem. This is a stand-alone novel.
The major theme is one of supporting those you love. Children need to be encouraged so that they will grow up to become loving parents. For five months Tom has been self-centered. He can barely smile at his young son. The tangled web he's woven catches him and . . . . Well, you'll have to read the book to see what happens.
Thank you to Lanette Haskins at Baker Publishing Group and Revell for my copy.
Posted September 15, 2013
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