3 GOLD MEDAL BOOK AWARDS from Nonfiction Authors Association: Received in Self-Help, Personal Triumph, and Religion Categories
ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD WINNER, 1ST RUNNER-UP, 2017: Nonfiction E-Book Category
Have you ever awakened from a restless night of sleep and just couldn’t do it—you couldn’t wear that mask another day, acting as though everything were “okay.” Could anyone possibly understand what you were going through? Or are you on the other side of that coin? Times are tough, though you know people have survived worse. But how do others overcome staggering mountains and valleys? What we wouldn’t give to absorb their wisdom.
Author Alicia M. Smith sought answers to the questions shared above, questions occupying real estate within the shadows of our minds. Her quest was to speak with said people. Those who understood the struggle and the loneliness—but who could also share their stepping stones toward higher ground.
The moments shared by these individuals are humbling, to say the least:
~A life-altering car accident
~A woman’s quest to escape addiction and life under a bridge
~A nurtured passion, years of hard work and memories, stolen by Hurricane Katrina
~A late-night phone call, notifying a woman that the police may have found her husband’s body
~A vision bestowed on a man, moving him and others to walk away from safety and toward the unknown
How do these anecdotes apply to you? Are there common denominators? Or are we all separated by our own circumstances and experiences? The lessons gleaned from these testimonies are invaluable—sparks of hope demanding to extinguish the shadows.
“The essays themselves are tightly paced and engaging….Inspirational without being patronizing; a well-organized collection.”
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What People are Saying About This
Common Stones blew me away. So many details were relevant in the plot(s) and around the edges. So many real people and places. Mostly, it was powerful. I couldn't put it down. One minute I was in tears recalling so many people who need to read these words, but also because I was wishing I had read this ten years ago. Alicia Smith's conclusions drove right to the core--not "preachy" and overly theological, but very profound. She spoke candidly about pain, trials and overcoming from a Godly perspective. Common Stones simply made my day. I loved it! In fact, it's the best book I have read in some time. --Dale Robble, Senior Pastor, Highland Park Church, Nashville, TN
Common Stones is anything but common and is so much more than just another story. As I read this book I almost felt like I was there, within the individual stories. Stories of overcoming steep odds and the power of God to move mountains in our lives if we simply let Him. As you read and absorb the different events brought about by life as it happened to each person, you cannot help but come away with an important realization. It is not the pain, nor the negative circumstance that matters in the end--it is what you choose to do with these things that really matters. I recommend this book to anyone of any age--you are never too old or too young to be inspired and touched by grace. --Greg Holt, Christian Blogger/Publisher, Inspirational Christian Blogs & The Olive Branch Report
Alicia is faithful in her writing and in her work. She has been a great friend to Thistle Farms and her reflections on Penny bring her back to life for me! It is good to be heard and it is a gift to be able to share what you hear with grace. Alicia has done both. --Becca Stevens, Founder of the Magdalene program and Thistle Farms; Acclaimed Speaker and Author; Named a “Champion of Change” by the White House, 2011
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book! The raw real life stories are shocking and inspiring. The Author has some incredible insight, and a gift for making you feel like these experiences are happening to a close friend. These stories show amazing examples of how God is everyone's common denominator. You will NOT be disappointed.
This book has so much to offer. It has the ability to change your outlook on so many things. Some of the "common stones" of this book (as I see it) is goal setting, hard work and redemption. As you read the beautifully written stories in this book you realize all things are possible through God. I loved reading this book and know you will too!! Two thumbs way up!!
Can I just say WOW how blown away I am by the writing and this book.....I received my copy today and couldn't put it down....Common Stones followed me all over the house today and even as we ran errands. It's captivating and inspiring!! The stories will touch your heart and inspire hope and faith to it's readers. Loved it and can't wait to see how many people our Lord will reach out to through this book!!!
Every once in awhile a book comes along that one knows will become a permanent part of the personal collection, that will be reread and reread, whether wholly or in parts. Common Stones is one of those books. I have been returning to daily since purchasing it in January. The stories are raw, real, and proof that faith can and does provide if it is genuine, we listen to God's words, and we trust in his love. The simplicity of this message is interwoven throughout the stories of endurance and overcoming of obstacles, both physical and mental. "Enjoy today, it's the only one you have" (117), and, "If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat" (Ortberg, cited by Smith, 141) are such powerful words, and two of the phrases to which I have continuously returned when I need reminded that my stones are stones shared by so many others. Smith shares the story of Rob and Chris who established The Well coffeehouse and Rob's extended vision of The Well House, "living-room style church" (175) in which people "would worship, commune, and teach conversationally" (175), making religion accessible to all members of the community. Smith has helped to achieve that goal; her talent and craftsmanship as a writer allow the prose to flow, readers to be captivated, and the message to be shared in a way that all people can appreciate, regardless of faith or level of belief. Quite simply, Common Stones is a journey of faith that Smith has allowed all of us to travel with her and those whose stories she shares, and I am blessed to have been invited along with them.