The Restorer - Expanded Edition

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SOCCER MOM IN OUR WORLD.
PROMISED DELIVERER IN ANOTHER.

Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker. She was wrong. Pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a desperate nation waiting for a promised Restorer.

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling ...

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Overview

SOCCER MOM IN OUR WORLD.
PROMISED DELIVERER IN ANOTHER.

Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker. She was wrong. Pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a desperate nation waiting for a promised Restorer.

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and embraces a profound spiritual journey.

Will this adventure demand her life? Can she find a way back to her family? She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?

EXPLORE THIS NEW EXPANDED EDITION COMPLETE WITH DEVOTIONAL GUIDE, BONUS SCENES, AND OTHER FUN EXTRAS.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935929352
  • Publisher: Third Day Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Hinck is a wife and mother who has had many adventures on her road with God, though none have involved an alternate universe (thus far). She earned an M.A.in Communication from Regent University in 1986 and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. At various times, she has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a homeschool mom, a church organist, and a freelance writer. She is the author of several contemporary novels, including The Secret Life of Becky Miller and Penny’s Project, as well as numerous non-fiction articles, devotions, and essays. She loves to hear from readers, so send a message through the portal into her writing attic on the “contact Sharon” page of her website: www.sharonhinck.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Love this book!

    Perfect blend of action and fantasty and faith! I couln'nt put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Be ready for many surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It

    Be ready for many surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written with lots of action and suspense. I love the way the
    author used the Verses in the world beyond the portal to demonstrate how we should be living our day to day lives. As a mother
    of 2, I also enjoyed having an older female as the hero. The book kept me reading until the end. AND NOW I WANT the next book!  

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    quick read

    Im so glad I came across this book. Great read. Can't wait to read the next book coming out in April

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Stellar

    Down and lacking luster for her purpose in life, soccer mom Susan accepts her husband’s provision of an attic retreat. What she doesn’t know is it will take her farther into her purpose than she ever imagined or wanted. Lost in a world so different from her own, Susan slowly accepts her new role in life even as she faces betrayal, temptations and unbelievable truths about her own world. When she learns what is expected of her and what it may cost, death isn’t the greatest thing she has to fear. *** I’m hooked. Not a fantasy reader, and I don’t completely agree with her approach to this, but Sharon Hinck has captured me through the characters and story of the worlds she’s created. As a reader, I loved the action, twists and turns and depth of themes in the story. As a writer, I’m in awe of the metaphors, dialogue, character development and overall first class writing found in every page of this book. Stellar. Greatly looking forward to Book 2. For Him, Sarah Elisabeth

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    New author added to my favorites list!

    I had never heard of Sharon Hinck until I found this book by chance. She has now joined my list of favorite authors. "The Restorer" is about an ordinary woman who finds herself drawn into an unfamiliar world where her courage and strength are stretched to the limit, and her faith grows as she places her trust in "The One," as God is called in this parallel universe.

    The action is fast-paced, and the dialogue is natural. The characters are well-developed and very human. I could identify with many of their struggles. I especially liked the bonus scenes which allowed me insight into some of the minor characters, and enabled me to see the story from their perspective. Hinck ties up any loose ends at the conclusion, while at the same time leaving the reader eagerly awaiting the sequel. The study questions at the end are an added bonus and would be great for book groups. This book will appeal to anyone who loves books about time travel and/or portals to other worlds. Christian speculative fiction at its best. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Don't Miss This Treat!

    Restorer Expanded Edition Review:

    I will preface this by saying I’m a fan of the original The Restorer by Sharon Hinck. So when Marcher Lord Press made the Expanded Edition available, I gladly bought it for my Nook. I’ve been more than delighted with it. I've been able to reconnect with some dear characters, Kieran is a favorite of mine, and the added chapters have a real treat. Anyone who enjoys the “bonus features” on a DVD or Blue Ray will appreciate the add-ons to Sharon Hinck’s story.

    For those who haven’t read the Restorer, the expanded edition gives you a lot more glimpses into Sharon’s world, as the bonus chapters are written from different points of view than the main character.

    In The Restorer, the reader travels with Susan, who is pulled to another time and place and dropped into the midst of a people in desperate need of a heroine. Because the story is told in tight first person, one of my favorite points of view, the reader only has Susan’s eyes and ears in this amazing world. This is fantastic, as you experience the same blind-sided reality that Susan faces, but there are tantalizing glimpses of a much wider vista that the reader doesn’t get to see.

    In the Expanded Edition of the Restorer, you’ll still read the tight first person of Susan’s point of view, but also have the option of a broader look at the world with bonus content links.

    For example, when Susan crosses paths young fellow named Noland, you’ll have a choice. You can either continue to read the chapter, or chose to follow the ‘bonus content’ link in the text and be presented with a first-person narrative of how Noland got to the point in the story where he meets up with Susan. At the end of the bonus content, just click the link and you’ll be brought to where you left Susan and can continue onward from there.

    Not only do you have more to read in The Restorer, Expanded Edition but thanks to Sharon’s recipes, and recordings, you will be immersed into her world like never before. Using smart codes or links, you’ll find the online content which includes an amazing audio recording of The Eyes of the One being sung and delicious recipes to try the food and drink Susan describes in her travels. At the back of the book, there are devotions that will take you past the heart of Sharon’s story and Susan’s and deeper into your own story with Christ.

    I think this would be a phenomenal tool for book clubs. With the delicious sounding recipes for victuals and drink, the musical score, and the added spiritual content, you couldn’t ask for a more immersive and uplifting experience.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Don't Miss This Treat!

    Restorer Expanded Edition Review:

    I will preface this by saying I’m a fan of the original The Restorer by Sharon Hinck. So when Marcher Lord Press made the Expanded Edition available, I gladly bought it for my Nook. I’ve been more than delighted with it. I've been able to reconnect with some dear characters, Kieran is a favorite of mine, and the added chapters have a real treat. Anyone who enjoys the “bonus features” on a DVD or Blue Ray will appreciate the add-ons to Sharon Hinck’s story.

    For those who haven’t read the Restorer, the expanded edition gives you a lot more glimpses into Sharon’s world, as the bonus chapters are written from different points of view than the main character.

    In The Restorer, the reader travels with Susan, who is pulled to another time and place and dropped into the midst of a people in desperate need of a heroine. Because the story is told in tight first person, one of my favorite points of view, the reader only has Susan’s eyes and ears in this amazing world. This is fantastic, as you experience the same blind-sided reality that Susan faces, but there are tantalizing glimpses of a much wider vista that the reader doesn’t get to see.

    In the Expanded Edition of the Restorer, you’ll still read the tight first person of Susan’s point of view, but also have the option of a broader look at the world with bonus content links.

    For example, when Susan crosses paths young fellow named Noland, you’ll have a choice. You can either continue to read the chapter, or chose to follow the ‘bonus content’ link in the text and be presented with a first-person narrative of how Noland got to the point in the story where he meets up with Susan. At the end of the bonus content, just click the link and you’ll be brought to where you left Susan and can continue onward from there.

    Not only do you have more to read in The Restorer, Expanded Edition but thanks to Sharon’s recipes, and recordings, you will be immersed into her world like never before. Using smart codes or links, you’ll find the online content which includes an amazing audio recording of The Eyes of the One being sung and delicious recipes to try the food and drink Susan describes in her travels. At the back of the book, there are devotions that will take you past the heart of Sharon’s story and Susan’s and deeper into your own story with Christ.

    I think this would be a phenomenal tool for book clubs. With the delicious sounding recipes for vitals and drink, the musical score, and the added spiritual content, you couldn’t ask for a more immersive and uplifting experience.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Intriguing and Inspiring

    This little book packs a wallop. It is tightly plotted and written, a real pleasure to read. The created world is genuine and draws the reader in. Plot twists are intriguing. Best of all, the book resonates with truth in both worlds. I read the expanded edition which included bonuses, most of which worked on my e-reader (the single exception was the mp3s which I used the computer to access — well worth the effort). Highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    READ!!!

    When I picked up Sharon Hinck's book The Restorer I thought I'd probably end up getting bored (seeing that it was about about a married woman, and I'm young). But I was wrong. This book is one of my favorites now and I've read it more then once! I loved this book and I'm sure you will too!

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Expect to be surprised

    I really enjoyed this book, mostly because it surprised me. The description hypes the fact that the heroine is a soccer mom pulled into another world. Since I have never been either a mom, or a big fan of soccer, I wasn¿t sure if the story would connect with me. I almost expected a skewed version of Narnia¿Matha Stewart dancing with elves, satyrs, and badgers¿or something.

    What I got instead was an immersive story that kept the pages turning. Yes, there is a nod to C.S. Lewis in the way Susan stumbles into another reality¿but that¿s where the similarities end. The alternate reality is what surprised me the most, in fact. It isn¿t a straight sword and sorcery fantasy world. It is a fusion of fantasy and science fiction, with some cultures being highly technical, and others not so much.

    And the characters are absolutely great. Very real. Plus, I feel I had an advantage over those who have read ¿The Restorer¿ before. I got to read the bonus chapters in place as I went through. (Something the eBook version makes simple.) I really enjoyed that touch. The additional backstory and life it breathes into the characters¿even those with smaller roles. The additions illustrate the firm grip Sharon Hinck has on her characters and world. I respect that in a storyteller.

    ¿The Restorer¿ is a great read. Buy it, and expect only to be surprised.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Loved it before, love it even more now that there is more!

    Now that there is an expanded version I was eager to read the additional material that is being added to a novel I already enjoyed so much. This book is already so different and brimming with scripture and now the expanded edition has multiple discussion and devotional guides that takes the novel and breaks it down to be an even greater tool than it already is to prompt inner reflection and scripture study. ¿ Then to also add extra chapters, it is like when you watch the deleyed scenes of a favorite film. You would rather have the director¿s cut of the story as it can change the plot, but you can enjoy it as edited as well. But even watching the deleted scenes later, it is like meeting a long lost friend.

    This latest release has added features to enrich your experience of the original story. There are bonus scenes giving you insight into secondary characters, a devotion guide digging deeper into the book¿s Biblical parallels, and other special features such as audio files, recipes, and more!

    When I agreed to read The Restorer for review, [back in 2008] I was fairly excited about it. I had seen the book in a bookstore and almost had purchased it then. The cover completely intrigued me with a woman in normal khaki and sweater attire while holding a medieval sword. Upon receiving the task to read and review The Restorer¿s Journey, the third book in the series I knew I had to read all three in order, especially since I had heard so many good things about the creativeness of author Sharon Hinck¿s mind. I¿m new to read the sci-fi/fantasy/speculative fiction Christian world and I am loving it. There are so many things that I do not have a basis for imagery, but just giving myself a brief image I am fully learning to use the capabilities of my imagination again.

    The Restorer takes a normal, average woman and throws her into an alternate world and as I reader you think she might be dreaming or just plain crazy, but as each chapter and page reveals itself you stop caring about the reason why she is where she is and about what she will do next, and how she can survive. Hinck has performed an incredible task with her writing to really make the reader understand and feel what is going on in the life of our main character Susan. She doesn¿t just pick up a sword and become a super-hero, she goes through doubt and fear and through a realistic turn of events crazy and wonderful and terrifying things happen.

    This story gives a reader an escape from reality, everything that Susan needed at the time. But it does so in a fashion that brings you back stronger and more optimistic about what really needs to be accomplished in reality. (Confused yet? Don¿t be, because that is not what is important.) There are so many things in our lives that are overwhelming and we just sometimes want to run away inside ourselves. It is possible and we are capable of doing just that, but that will not solve anything and really make life harder on the people we care about around us. It is when we realize that we need God

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