From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation

From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation

by Tricia N. Goyer
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From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation by Tricia N. Goyer

It is 1945 and a group of American soldiers liberate a Nazi concentration camp. Helene is the abandoned wife of an SS guard who has fled to avoid arrest. Overcome by guilt, she begins to help meet the needs of survivors. Throughout the process, she finds her own liberation - from spiritual bondage, sin, and guilt. Readers will be intrigued and touched by this fascinating story of love, faithfulness, and courage amidst one of the darkest chapters of mankind's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802479730
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 190,545
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

TRICIA GOYER is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today¿s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers¿ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.
TRICIA GOYER is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.

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From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I often find that some of the most interesting looking novels I think I'd like to read are by an author named Tricia Goyer. I have been wanting to read her works for several years now, and I finally chose to read "From Dust and Ashes" (apparently the first in a WWII series). I hoped I would not be disappointed, as I had been getting increasingly disenchanted with Christian contemporary authors of late. Disappointed with this? No way!! I cannot say enough good things about this book. In fact, it made it to #14 in my Top 20 favorite fiction books (and that's saying something, since that hasn't happened in 4 years). First off, the characters and events were so realistically real, that I often caught myself about to pray for them! Goyer's sweet and gentle, quiet and tender way of storytelling naturally grew and blossomed into a tale that never felt forced. Her descriptions of settings and characters were so vivid, I could imagine their faces and surroundings well. It felt like a movie being played out in my mind's eye. In fact, I don't know how a movie could do a book like this justice. This is a book in which you really learn, along with the main characters. You can see how if we trust the Guide, He will never leave us, and all things (even the bad things) will turn out for the good in the eternal end for them that love Him. The book is divided into three parts, with a different poem by the author before each part. I am not usually one for poetry, but these were remarkably good, illustrating the story well. Is this a romance? Yes, there is romance in it, but it is not of the fluffy cotton candy sort. It is much deeper, better than that. In fact, I've read many reviews where men actually enjoyed the book. The author apparently did a lot of research in order to make it historically accurate, but this does not make the book laborious or bogged down by facts. In fact, actual veterans from the 11th Armored Division reviewed this book (and I think were also consulted in the writing of it) and shared their high opinion of Goyer's work on the back cover and first couple pages. I should say that this is a tale mainly concerning 3 characters (an SS wife, an American GI, and a concentration camp survivor) and how their lives touch the other's in the days immediately after the ending of the war in Europe. It is not about Jews in the Holocaust, necessarily. For those afraid of trying out a novel about the horror of the WWII camps: although the book is realistic and does not deny the hard facts of history, I think the faint-of-heart could handle this. I've been reading other people's reviews from other sources and some of the complaints about them. Some argue it is too preachy, or heavy handed with spirituality. I did not find that to be the case. Probably only those who have experienced having to totally depend on God will understand the emphasis on this theme in the book. Some argue the ending is too neatly wrapped up in a bow. But no one complains about "Jane Eyre" for the same reason. Although I kind of started to get a little ancy about a third of the way through the story, wishing something a little more would happen, eventually the plot picked up and several plot twists made this book anything but predictable. For those who read their novels starting with the ending and working their way backward-- DON'T YOU DARE!! Wow. I am looking forward to reading more from Goyer
Guest More than 1 year ago
FROM THE MOMENT I PICKED THIS BOOK UP UNTIL A DAY AND A HALF LATER WHEN I FINISHED IT I WAS TOTALLY CAPTIVATED. I FELT LIKE I WAS TAKEN BACK TO THAT ERA AND WAS FILLED WITH ALOT OF DIFFERENT EMOTIONS FOR WHAT EACH OF THE CHARACTERS MUST HAVE FELT. I WOULD DEFINATELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
It is 1945, Europe is war torn and broken. But there is hope among the dust and ashes. Tricia Goyer approaches World War II in a new light (for me at least). Beginning with the end of the war in Europe, we see the repercussions of the last 6 years of fighting. Our three main characters include an American Sergeant, a wife of an SS guard and a prisoner freed from the concentration camp Gusen. Sergeant Peter Scott is with the group of soldiers that liberated Gusen and the main camp Mauthausen. He finds friends and love in the least likely of places. Helen is struggling to make up for the wrongs her husband committed as a guard at the camp. Can she bring herself to forgive him for what he did? Michaela is on the road to recovery after spending years in the camps. Although it would seem that she has every right to hold on to bitterness and hate for all that she has been through, she chooses to trust in the Lord and forgive those that did her wrong. I could not put this book down! This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Tricia Goyer captured me from the minute I started reading. She is very vivid in her descriptions of the horrors found when the camps were liberated. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone interested in WWII history. It sheds a whole new light on the war in Europe. From Dust and Ashes is a beautiful story about forgiveness and the liberation that you receive in your spirit when you are lead by the Lord. Follow me at bookwormmama14.blogspot.com
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.The characters were very real, very interesting. It is one of those books that you find yourself thinking about when you are not reading it.I hope Tricia Goyer writes more-and soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tricia's writing brings you into this book in such an amazing way. Though fictional, so much of it is based on factual information that you truly believe this story and the characters and feel as if you are witnessing what is happening. Her writing makes you stop and remember all involved in the holocaust and what a huge impact it had on those there, prisoners, guards, the US soldiers, local townsmen and their families. It is a definite "can't put it down" book! The characters are so moving that I was ready to meet all of them and check on how they are! I can't wait for more books to come from Mrs. Goyer! I recommend this to all!
Beelee More than 1 year ago
I was interested in the basis used for the story, but the characters didint have depth and the author to me didn't capture enough of the times. It was disappointing to me.