*She sacrificed a counseling career to be a full-time mother.
*She'd rather pound a nail than round steak.
*Oprah? No way! Give her ESPN any day.
*Nothing could be more stressful than scrapbooking.
Nothing, except ...
A distressing diagnosis,
a husband who is pulling away,
and two older brothers who refuse to get along.
When the counselor is caught in the middle,
when she needs to be strong for those around her,
who is left to be strong for her?
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I had the privilege of reading Pieces of Granite by Brenda Anderson. Wow - I was hooked from page one so much I didn’t want it to end. This was the prequel to the first book in her Coming Home Series. The first book in the series is Chain of Mercy and actually picks up at the end of Pieces of Granite. I loved getting to read about Richard and his life and then finding out about his background while exploring Debbie and Jerry’s life. In fact, I want to go back and reread Chain of Mercy because it will have a completely different meaning for me with the rest of the story told. What a great idea and as a reader I loved it. I totally related with Debbie from the beginning. I could feel her pain, could understand her sense of having to keep things together and “let them roll off her back, staying strong for everyone else.” She was lovable, relatable, and I found myself cheering for her throughout the entire book. I had a love-hate relationship with her husband, Jerry. There was a part of me that understood he was powerless to control his reactions yet at the same time when you become a husband and father, you don’t have a choice but to press in, not check out. I loved Richard too - who couldn’t? I love that Brenda introduced Lee and Amelia as well - I think especially in today’s society where people are so busy and disconnected, married couples need to stand guard against even innocent friendships. I loved this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about true to life situations in a Christian context coupled with romance and “cuteness.” I could picture the girls’ faces, the macaroni and cheese with hot dogs, Debbie’s T-shirt (I think I’m wearing one of those right now minus the spit up) and even the steps and unfinished basement in Debbie’s house along with her beautiful handmade bench. I can’t wait until the next book in this series. I want to learn more about Marcus and his wife. Even though I don’t know whose life I will get to step into next, I know I will love whoever it is.
Brenda Anderson has a way of weaving a story line around your heart that will end up with you turning the pages of her books as fast as you can possibly read the words, because you want to find out what's going to happen. "Chain of Mercy" was like that, and "Pieces of Granite" is the same. Even godly families have problems, and pasts, and difficulties. We all know this, but we try hard to pretend that life is easy, not messy. Life happens, it rolls along, and problems come. No one can escape having issues of some kind, whether it's a child born with a challenging diagnosis, or having to deal with past mistakes and heartbreaks. Brenda's books don't shy away from portraying these situations. Her books are real, and show the struggle that many of us have to live our faith daily, to rely on God fully and just to be real with one another. "Pieces of Granite" can be read alone, as can "Chain of Mercy", but read together, they are a wonderful beginning to what I understand is a series called "Coming Home". Perfect! I look forward to the next book!
Read "Pieces of Granite" in 2 days. Didn't want to put it down, didn't want it to end. Debbie's struggles and relationships were so real and relate-able. I even had to stop a couple of times to grab a tissue.
What a heart touching story... I found " Pieces of Granite" by Brenda Anderson to be an amazing, touching story about Debbie and Jerry. It tells about the struggles in their marriage regarding her pregnancy and delivery of a Downs Syndrome baby. I felt Debbie's strength and faith in dealing with the pregnancy and with her husbands anxiety struggling with his faith and responsibilities. This story made me feel what the family was feeling, all the emotions that would be felt when hearing the Dr. say - your baby will have Downs Syndrome.. The author dealt with this topic with love and compassion. I received a copy from the author for my honest opinion which I have given.
I really enjoyed this book. The author captures beautifully the dynamics of the relationships in family that does not always get along and of a couple fighting to cope with the news and subsequent delivery of a child with Downs Syndrome. I was caught up in the story line and the lives of the characters from the first pages. The story is also a testimony to God's love, faithfulness and comfort that comes when life's problems are given to Him. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I definitely look forward to reading others by her. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Pieces of Granite was the first book by author Brenda S Anderson that I've read. Her writing is character driven, a poignant and joyful tale of family, heartache, and trusting God through the hard times as well as the good. The author dealt with the fear and brokenness of losing a loved one, families torn apart by distrust, running away from God, and much more. The characters were relatable, frustrating, and sometimes you just wanted to shake them. (especially Jerry) I would recommend this book to anyone looking for good Christian fiction.
I appreciate the family relationships and realistic struggles they deal with. Little Katie is a sweetheart and as a stay at home mom I found myself relating to Debbie. This book hits some serious issues head on and unapologetically with a foundation of faith.