As Is

As Is

by Mrs. Wendy Stenzel Oleston

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Overview

As Is by Mrs. Wendy Stenzel Oleston

CONTENT WARNING: While this book is Christian in theme, it does contain light profanity.

Life is hard for Mara Shaw. One bad relationship after another has left her a single mother with no faith in anything. She is unable to trust in anyone . . . including herself. She decides to start afresh, and never allow herself to be hurt again.

Graydon Davidson walks into her life and begins to show her the truth. While the truth is hard to accept, it is also the key to her freedom. Is this gorgeous and compassionate stranger the answer to all her dreams? Or will specters from her past which emerge to haunt her take over? Mara is faced with a choice that will change her life forever.

If cursing bothers you, please be advised this book contains light profanity. If you prefer to read without that, please look for "As Is: Special Edition Profanity Removed" right here on Amazon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499781335
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Wendy Stenzel Oleston currently lives in Janesville, Wisconsin, with her husband Ryan and their two children, Brett and Caroline. She is a very proud recovering alcoholic who thanks God every day for the freedom she has found through Him. After taking an eight-year hiatus from writing fiction, a new vision for her writing arrived in January 2014. That new vision was very edgy Christian fiction with a very specific goal: to give something of value to the world instead of taking something valuable away.

In addition to writing, Wendy is a digital designer who loves to travel and has been all over the world. She is a dynamic public speaker and welcomes any opportunity to share her life story with those willing to listen.

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As Is 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
As Is By: Wendy Stenzel Oleston Spoiler alert in this review: This is a very thought provoking book. Real life issues, questions, and troubles are talked about and dealt with from being an alcoholic to losing a job to someone spreading rumors that aren’t true. How would it be if Jesus was right by your side as you endured these? What would he say to you as you go through life? Mara has a life filled with hard choices and consequences from her past. Can she accept her freedom as Graydon Davidson presents it, or will she reject what he has to offer? Mara has been court-ordered to attend counseling. On the way there she meets Graydon. He becomes an integral part of her and her son’s life. He opens her eyes to a life filled with forgiveness, second chances, and God’s love for her. Can she accept what he is teaching her? Can she believe someone would love her for who she is and that there is nothing she can do to make his love stronger because he already loves her and went through so much just for her? Graydon asks her point blank questions, and makes her think about her actions. Sometimes we need to have a one-on-one conversation with God to find out where we stand with him. Our thoughts and actions could be holding us back from accomplishing so much for him. The conversations between Mara and Graydon are so realistic. I felt like I was right there, especially when he’s looking in the mirror and tells her to look and see what she sees. She can never see past what is right there to see what God sees in her. God sees on the inside. Sometimes that’s harder to show others, but God knows what is there. There is cursing in this book, which I think takes away from what the author is trying to do here. The words are used in context to what is going on, but they take me out of the story every time one is used. After finishing the book and realizing what I had thought was right, I want to go back and read it again, but I don’t want to because of the words. The story, characters, and meaning are excellently woven throughout. Once you finish the book, you are left with your thoughts. Is Jesus part of your everyday decision making processes? Is he the first one you think to talk to when you have an issue come up? What would it be like to have him right there with you, to talk to, to hug, to feel his love in all that you do? This book brings this out so poignantly. Jesus loves us this much. He wants to be this close to all of us as we go through life. If there was a version without the curse words, I would say this book would be a great addition to read to get a full understanding of how it would be having Jesus right there with you, going through life with you. This book puts that into perspective in such a way, that even after reading the book, you still feel him there. You can have conversations with God; you just have to be willing to listen for the answer and accept what he has to say. I can’t say too much more without giving the whole book away. If you don’t mind the curse words and can skip over them, I say pick up this book today. You won’t regret it! If they bother you, it will take away from the book and you won’t get out of it what you should. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow after staying up until early hours reading this book it moved me and something inside me. This book is a Christian fantasy. This book revolved around real life issues. There were times in this book I could relate to Mara so much and Graydon who is a true friend through all of her journey. He wasn't the knight in shining armor but someone who guided her to think and challenge herself. This is a book that touches on a bit of everything and is made to make a choice to examine God in a way that fits into life and make choices to better herself. It gives you a perspective that a real person feels. PLEASE go buy and read this book!