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Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings

Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings

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by Sheridan Voysey

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A hope-filled story about starting again after a dream has died—an emotive, poetic, and at times humorous discovery of the healing qualities of beauty, play, friendship, and love.

Expectation. Expectation. Expectation. Disappointment. After ten years of tear-soaked prayers, repeatedly dashed hopes, and multiple failed rounds of IVF, Sheridan Voysey and


A hope-filled story about starting again after a dream has died—an emotive, poetic, and at times humorous discovery of the healing qualities of beauty, play, friendship, and love.

Expectation. Expectation. Expectation. Disappointment. After ten years of tear-soaked prayers, repeatedly dashed hopes, and multiple failed rounds of IVF, Sheridan Voysey and his wife come to a heart-breaking conclusion—their dream of having a child is over. Empty and confused from a decade of disappointment, they leave their jobs, pack their bags, and embark on a journey in search of restoration.

Voysey chronicles their return to life. From the streets of Rome to the Basilicas of Paris, from the Alps of Switzerland to their new home in Oxford, they begin the healing process while wrestling with their doubts about God’s goodness. One part spiritual memoir and one part love story, Resurrection Year is an honest, heart-felt book about recovering from broken dreams and reconciling with a God who is sometimes silent but never absent.

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The speaker, radio show host, and author (Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life) shares the heartbreak that he and his wife, Merryn, endure during 10 years of trying to start a family. When their dream finally dies, Voysey gives up his successful broadcast career in Australia and offers his wife a year of resurrection: travel, and a new beginning in Oxford, England. Though the specifics are about the couple’s desire to have a child, highlighted by the author’s journal entries, readers who have suffered disappointment of any kind will be able to relate. Voysey’s skill with the written word fine-tunes the brutal honesty of what the couple feels about God’s unwillingness to answer their prayers or about the pain of feeling inadequate as years of trying to have a child by natural conception, fertility treatments, and adoption all prove fruitless. They bolster each other along the way (Merryn’s positive attitude in the midst of despair is astonishing at times) and are encouraged by friends to share their journey in this book. It is as much a love story as it is a hopeful guide for those trying to pick up the pieces after a dream has been shattered. (May 28)

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Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
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Meet the Author

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His books include the award-winning Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life, and the three-volume series Open House: Sheridan Voysey in Conversation. He is married to Merryn and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom.

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Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
VSliker More than 1 year ago
Resurrection Year, an autobiography about recovering from broken dreams, is a wonderful book truthful enough to acknowledge a silent God and emotional enough to pull you through the times of silence. Sheridan Voysey and his wife reluctantly release their dogged hold on their dream of having a child after ten years of dashed hopes and many failed rounds of IVF. Heartbroken and disillusioned, they give up their jobs, pack their bags and head to Europe to find healing... hope... something. Through Rome, Paris, Switzerland and England, the Voyseys wrestle with doubts about God's goodness. The opposite of faith isn't doubt but indifference, because those who doubt are still engaged with the question while the indifferent don't care. Was it the silence of God he (Jesus) experienced in Gethsemane -- when he pleaded for his life to be spared? He prayed three times with such anguish he sweated blood; even an angel couldn't console his distress. Yet there was no voice from Heaven like there was at his baptism, no thundery words as there were at his transfiguration. Only silence. The Voyseys came to see their journey through infertility to be a wilderness journey, drawing the imagery from the infamous Biblical story of the Jews lost in the wilderness enroute to the promised land. "The wilderness is a place of trial, a place of doubt, a place of restless discontent. It's a place of blazing sun and barren ground, of wild animals and dark powers, where you feel vulnerable and exposed and fear your needs won't be met. It's a place of hardship and difficulty, where you question God's goodness in your adversity..... But while the wilderness is a place of struggle and pain, it more than this, I find. While a place of trial, it is also a place of provision; while a place of doubt, it is also a place of discovery; while a place of restlessness, it is also a place of change. Because the wilderness, for the Jews, was a place of manna and quail coming down from Heaven and clothes that never wore out. It was the place where they discovered their identity as Israel, the children of God, and the place where God changed their grumbling, wayward hearts..... It is a place of transition. Because the wilderness is the ground between what was and what will be -- the place between slavery and freedom, between immaturity and wisdom, between God's promise and its fulfillment, between who we were and who we are to be. In the wilderness we become people we could never have become before moving into the next phase of our lives. After the wilderness comes a new beginning." The silence and the broken dreams led Sheridan Voysey to conclude "God may have been silent, but He was never absent." Resurrection Year came into my life precisely when I needed a resurrection year myself. This book really shed some light on God's silence, my doubts and a couple of big ol' broken dreams. The book's a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A New Life and a New Beginning My review is on “Resurrection Year” by Sheridan Voysey; this book is profound in sharing the writer’s testimony. This book gave the readers a tremendous amount of details, emotions, pain, love, disappointments, prayers, and hope. I truly felt blessed by the writer sharing the experience they are experiencing in their life. I do believe that we all have had a wilderness experience, but some may have never told their story. I have experience a barren season where I was jobless and in that season it affected my writing. I felt as if I was left for dead, but God was working in me for His will. I am truly grateful for such experiences, even though it felt like torture; I made it through and so did the author. I thank you for sharing this heartfelt and tear-drop story, it really does hit close to home. It is a blessing to me and hopefully to others. I recommend this book for those who are feeling like they’re in the wilderness alone without a care. I recommend this book for study groups, for couples that are experiencing a barren womb, and all others.  The author shown what it means to keep living and dreaming, you never know what else God has in store for your life! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Resurrection Year, what a wonderful book. It's very well written, and very easy to read, one of those books that are difficult to put down. It's written straight from the heart of 2 people desperately trying to achieve their dream, a dream that has been laid on the altar, a dream that's now been replaced with a new vision and vigour for what God will do. Sheridan and Merryn welcome you into their lives through each chapter, making you feel as if you are there with them right by their side, and where you will feel varying degrees of emotion as each page is turned. I very much recommend Resurrection Year, a book you could return to anytime for hope and encouragement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read, and have read many books. Few times have I ever read a book as vulnerably honest as this one, whilst being beautifully written. I cried and I laughed...and I marvelled at the strength of this couple. I've been a Christian for 15 years (on Thursday) and have experienced my share of broken dreams...somewhere along the way in reading this book, and hope and healing sprung in a weary heart. Sheridan has managed to fulfil a very tall order - to tell their story in a compelling, powerfully honest way that I have no doubt will bring healing to hurting couples who struggle with infertility, whilst somehow making it accessible to anyone who has had a broken dream - and lets be honest most of us can identify with that. Sheridan and Merryn, thank you for being so very brave and sharing your story so vulnerably. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and hearts and sharing your pain, your joys...your realness. Sheridan, you have stewarded your gift well, and I can't wait to hear the stories of hope and healing that will come out of it. And....lastly, if you are thinking about buying the book...DO! You won't be sorry. In fact pick up a couple of books, I can guarantee you will know at least two people you will want to give the book to after reading the story. Now...I think I have a resurrection year to go and plan. It needs to be fun. It needs to be risky. I think I have a few ideas, but it won't have a Rupette in it, I'll leave that to the Voysey's!