Healing Grace: a novel

Healing Grace: a novel

by Lisa J Lickel
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Healing Grace: a novel by Lisa J Lickel

Grace has a secret. Just like her aunt, and her grandmother before her, she could fix anyone with a touch, at a cost she never questioned—until her husband developed cancer and died. Believing no one would forgive her for not being able to save him, Grace runs from the life she knew, hoping even God wouldn’t find her in a little out-of-the-way town in Michigan. It takes a very sick man and his little boy to help her face her past, accept who she is and battle her way back to redemption. Just when she and Ted begin to hope for the future, he relapses. Grace faces the ultimate choice once again: Trust God to work through her precious gift, or let a terminally ill man die. What if the price is more than she can pay?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996768344
Publisher: Lisa Lickel Publishing
Publication date: 01/04/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 234
File size: 931 KB

About the Author

Lisa Lickel lives with her husband in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin where she collects dragons and enjoys their grandchil-dren. Besides novels, she writes short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. Lisa is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, blogger, and reviewer. She belongs to the Chicago Writers Association, is vice president of Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp&Writers Retreat, loves to visit with book clubs, and to encourage new writers. Find more information, book extras, and rec-ipes on www.LisaLickel.com.

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Danele More than 1 year ago
Once it started rolling, this book was extremely hard to put down! Lisa J. Lickel’s characters draw you in, and you end up really caring about what happens to them. This book was very enjoyable. It’s the perfect read for a lazy afternoon.
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Healing Grace is a story of powerful interactions in the relationships between characters that are at first strangers to one another. Two members of this large cast in particular have severe emotional and physical injuries that could lead to destruction of faith in one soul and death to another. Lisa Lickel has authored a compelling story of healing through the various ways God has provided. Ms Lickel's writing is thought provoking, intense, rich in emotion and complex. Her character's personalities are thoroughly developed, realistic and vividly imagined in my mind's eye. Her story is mysterious but not mystic. Let me share a bit about this story with hopeful intention that you will add Lisa Lickel's "Healing Grace" to your reading list. Grace Runyon finds herself in unfamiliar East Bay, Michigan without memory of how she got there. She had fled from the graveside of her husband Jonathan's burial, overwhelmed with guilt and grief. Ashamed and blaming herself because she couldn't save him through her God given gift - one that had been passed through the generations before her. Believing everyone including God had abandoned her. She wanted to erase the past, which was impossible - so she ran and hid herself from anyone in Woodside, Tennessee from finding her Impetuously Grace bought a house in East Bay that had been neglected and empty over a year. Grace learned the house had belonged to Ted Marshall of the prominent Marshall family living next door. Ted was too ill to maintain the house and properly care for his small son after being critically injured in an auto accident. Ted was divorced from his flighty wife who subsequently disappeared. The Marshall "house next door" became an immediate thorn in Grace's side and intrusive when Ted Marshall and son Eddy appeared at her door with a loaf of bakery bread to welcome her. Ted's appearance startled her almost speechless at seeing him leaning on a crutch nervously beginning to sweat with his left leg and arm quivering. "This man, God but all screamed in her inner ear. This is why I brought you here. For your touch." Ted also had a motive for visiting Grace that first day. He asked Grace for a favor that would be life changing in every respect. Little did Grace know what lie ahead of her in East Bay. It was not going to be easy. Still mourning her great losses, her entire family - Jonathan being the last, would not stop haunting her. Grace wanted away from death and illness - to heal herself. Grace's occupation as a Physical Assistant, coincided well with her "gift of healing" soon found her employed at the local clinic. She was compelled to use her gift successfully in a couple of incidents, however could not bring it about again and considered God was denying her the gift and she was a failure. East Bay residents became skeptical and suspicious of Grace. They called her a witch among other things that ruined her reputation. Grace is constantly harangued. Hard criticism and pressure tested Grace almost beyond her capabilities. Would Grace lose her mind? Maybe. Romance for Grace and Ted? Perhaps. Has God taken away her gift? Grace fears so. Would Eddy be orphaned if Grace's touch cannot heal Ted? So many questions that can only be answered in Lisa Lickel's brilliantly written book. Guess you had better buy it and find out. Healing Grace is categorized as paranormal, however I personally can't see God working miracles through earthly beings as abnormal, paranormal or not normal in any way. It's real and totally believable. This being my first read of Ms Lickel's works, it definitely won't be my last. With exquisite narrative I was drawn into Grace's life, as though she were my best friend. Lisa wrote in riddles so perplexing that I honestly couldn't guess the ending until the last "i" was dotted and "t" crossed...left me enthralled with this story where grace abounds Grace Runyon. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your "gift" of imagination glorifying God. You are indeed blessed. (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)
barbjan10 More than 1 year ago
Healing Grace is a story of powerful interactions in the relationships between characters that are at first strangers to one another. Two members of this large cast in particular have severe emotional and physical injuries that could lead to destruction of faith in one soul, and death to another.  Lisa Lickel has authored a compelling story of healing through the various ways God has provided. Ms Lickel's writing is thought provoking, intense, rich in emotion and complex. Her character's personalities are thoroughly developed, realistic and vividly imagined in my mind's eye. Her story is mysterious but not mystic. Let me share a bit about this story with hopeful intention that you will add Lisa Lickel's "Healing Grace" to your reading list.  Grace Runyon finds herself in unfamiliar East Bay, Michigan without memory of how she got there. She had fled from the graveside of her husband Jonathan's burial, overwhelmed with guilt and grief. Ashamed and blaming herself because she couldn't save him through her God given gift - one that had been passed through the generations before her. Believing everyone including God had abandoned her. She wanted to erase the past, which was impossible - so she ran and hid herself from anyone in Woodside, Tennessee from finding her. Impetuously Grace bought a house in East Bay that had been neglected and empty over a year. Grace learned the house had belonged to Ted Marshall of the prominent Marshall family living next door. Ted was too ill to maintain the house and properly care for his small son after being critically injured in an auto accident. Ted was divorced from his flighty wife who subsequently disappeared. The Marshall "house next door" became an immediate thorn in Grace's side and intrusive when Ted Marshall and son Eddy appeared at her door with a loaf of bakery bread to welcome her. Ted's appearance startled her almost speechless at seeing him leaning on a crutch nervously beginning to sweat with his left leg and arm quivering.  "This man, God but all screamed in her inner ear. This is why I brought you here. For your touch."  Ted also had a motive for visiting Grace that first day. He asked Grace for a favor that would be life changing in every respect. Little did Grace know what lie ahead of her in East Bay. It was not going to be easy. Still mourning her great losses, her entire family - Jonathan being the last, would not stop haunting her. Grace wanted away from death and illness - to heal herself.  Grace's occupation as a Physical Assistant, coincided well with her "gift of healing" soon found her employed at the local clinic. She was compelled to use her gift successfully in a couple of incidents, however could not bring it about again and considered God was denying her the gift and she was a failure. East Bay residents became skeptical and suspicious of Grace. They called her a witch among other things that ruined her reputation. Grace is constantly harangued. Hard criticism and pressure tested Grace almost beyond her capabilities.  Would Grace lose her mind? Maybe.  Romance for Grace and Ted? Perhaps.  Has God taken away her gift? Grace fears so.  Would Eddy be orphaned if Grace's touch cannot heal Ted?  So many questions that can only be answered in Lisa Lickel's brilliantly written book. Guess you had better buy it and find out. Healing Grace is categorized as paranormal, however I personally can't see God working miracles through earthly beings as abnormal, paranormal or not normal in any way. It's real and totally believable.  This being my first read of Ms Lickel's works, it definitely won't be my last. With exquisite narrative I was drawn into Grace's life, as though she were my best friend. Lisa wrote in riddles so perplexing that I honestly couldn't guess the ending until the last "i" was dotted and "t" crossed...leaving me enthralled with this story where grace abounds Grace Runyon.  Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your "gift" of imagination glorifying God. You are indeed blessed. 
AprilWG More than 1 year ago
As always happens with Lisa's books, I was hooked on "Healing Grace" by chapter one. I'm the kind of reader that shuts a book never to open it again, if by chapter one, I'm not fully engaged with the characters and more than mildly curious about the plot. I'm a tough one to please!! But Lisa's writing always pleases me. Without fail, I can count on her stories to be the kind I grump about having to put down when the kids' bellies need to be filled. Drat those hunger pangs! So I wasn't surprised when "Healing Grace" dug its fingers into my heart. Grace's pain was so vivid, her dilemma so complex, I HAD to know what happened. Would she choose to heal Ted? And how exactly does she do that healing stuff anyway? The author is an expert at taking the ordinary and twisting it into something just different enough to become refreshing and intriguing. In "Healing Grace" she gave spiritual gifts a dose of steroids... What if the gift of healing resided at the tips of a woman's fingers? What if the act of healing others caused her physical pain? How would she use the gift? Or would she have the courage to use it at all? What if her gift failed her, and the person she loved most died a slow, agonizing death? I doubt I would have done any differently than Grace. I'd have run and refused to use the gift again. But at some point, the running has to stop and the healing must begin again. It's Grace's own journey to healing that kept me clicking that "page forward" button on my Kindle. You will too. Promise!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always happens with Lisa’s books, I was hooked on “Healing Grace” by chapter one. I’m the kind of reader that shuts a book never to open it again, if by chapter one, I’m not fully engaged with the characters and more than mildly curious about the plot. I’m a tough one to please!! But Lisa’s writing always pleases me. Without fail, I can count on her stories to be the kind I grump about having to put down when the kids’ bellies need to be filled. Drat those hunger pangs! So I wasn’t surprised when “Healing Grace” dug its fingers into my heart. Grace’s pain was so vivid, her dilemma so complex, I HAD to know what happened. Would she choose to heal Ted? And how exactly does she do that healing stuff anyway? The author is an expert at taking the ordinary and twisting it into something just different enough to become refreshing and intriguing. In “Healing Grace” she gave spiritual gifts a dose of steroids… What if the gift of healing resided at the tips of a woman’s fingers? What if the act of healing others caused her physical pain? How would she use the gift? Or would she have the courage to use it at all? What if her gift failed her, and the person she loved most died a slow, agonizing death? I doubt I would have done any differently than Grace. I’d have run and refused to use the gift again. But at some point, the running has to stop and the healing must begin again. It’s Grace’s own journey to healing that kept me clicking that “page forward” button on my Kindle. You will too. Promise!