The Desire: A Novel

The Desire: A Novel

by Dan Walsh, Gary Smalley


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For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. For Michele, it has become an obsession. But Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--saving orphans in Africa. As Michele researches their options for fertility treatments, she begins to resent Allen's divided attention. And yet, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. All it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .

With a keen eye toward the give-and-take of the marriage relationship, along with the ability to weave an engaging story, Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley show readers what it is to have godly desire and show selfless love. Fans will love this heartwarming story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800721503
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Restoration Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 903,601
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Learn more at

Gary Smalley (1940-2016) was one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships. The bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, along with several popular films and videos, he spent more than thirty years learning, teaching, and counseling, speaking to over two million people in live conferences.

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The Desire: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beloved569 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I actually had to put it down after reading just a few pages because I knew that it would pull me in and I just didn't have the time. I was right. When I was able to pick it back up I quickly had it finished (mostly in a one rare free afternoon) because I couldn't put it down. The characters brought to life emotions I could identify with even though I hadn't faced their particular circumstances. It gave me a greater understanding of individuals I have or will come in contact with who have been through the same circumstances and I think a better way to show them compassion. I didn't realize when I chose this book that it was #3 in a series. I didn't feel like I had to go back and read the first two to follow this one but know I really want to read them as well as the fourth in the series with a very confident feeling that they'll be awesome too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the latest "last book" of this RESTORATION" series. It featured one or two of the characters of the family from the other two books of this series and very easy to follow the complete story line. I just loved the biblical verses from the childrens books. Christians one and all will enjoy this book and the series.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
n The Desire we return to River Oaks, Florida where the Anderson family lives. This time the story is focused on Allan and Michele. For a little over a year they have been trying to have a baby, but nothing is happening. As each month passes Michele becomes more and more despondent and resentful towards others that seem to neglect their children. She desperately needs her husband's support and attention but his heart and mind keep turning to the needy children in Africa. They desperately need to find a common ground in their marriage. A new character is introduced in this book. Her name is Christina and she is a young pregnant single mother needing to make a choice about her baby. She is paired with Marilyn at the pregnancy care center where Marilyn is a mentor. Before long the whole Anderson family has taken Christina not only into their home, but into their hearts as well.  The Desire looks at adoption from several different angles. You get to see the struggles and the triumphs that surround the families involved in the adoption process. The premise of the story is beautiful.  I am a fan of Dan Walsh's writing and I love Gary Smalley's work, my marriage has benefited from it immensely. Having said that, I must also say that this book and this series are not my favorites. Is it a good read? I'd have to say yes. It's just not a great read. I got the same feeling as when a movie does a blatant product placement in the middle of an intense scene. It just doesn't work very smoothly. Again, I am a fan of both of these men and I will continue to read and learn from their work. Book four in the series comes out next spring. Will I read the book? Yes, because the stories told in this series are worthy of being read even if they are not my favorites from these particular authors. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, “The Desire” Book Three in The Restoration Series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Allan and Michele From the Back Cover:   Can faith build a bridge between their dreams? For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts–and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time–and their money–on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something’s got to give. But they both hope it’s not their marriage. Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . . Without any doubt Dan Walsh is one of the best writers out there.  He consistently writes books that go right to the heart, have wonderful characters that deal with issues that affect all of us.  “The Desire” is no exception.  “The Desire” is all about a family.   Allan and Michele have reached a plateau in their marriage. Michelle really wants a child but cannot have one and this is causing a rift between the two of them. Mr. Walsh explores the hole made by not having children. He also explores the burden an unwanted pregnancy can have.  There is also an exploration of what we are to do when we come across a crisis pregnancy.  It is going to take God to make it all right in this marriage and with the individual characters. This book touches on issues that can affect any marriage.  The team of Walsh and Smalley takes these issues, put them in a fictional setting and get their point across without being preachy.  There is healing, forgiveness, restoration all within the family and all from God.  This is a wonderful book that shows the power of God to heal and restore. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 I have now read all three of the Walsh and Smalley Restoration saga, and this is the one that truly made me cry. The Desire is all about the hopes and fears of the heart. Alan and Michele are a young married couple, torn between her longing to bear a child and his intention to build an African orphanage. How can two dreams be so right, but so incompatible? Michele wants Alan's intensity directed toward their infertility, and he wants her to care about the children in Korah. Will it destroy them, or teach them how to communicate and to share their visions? One thing stood out to me about Michele's story. She was convinced that she couldn't be fulfilled and happy until she had a child, and in the "meantime" she was understandably miserable. As I read, I imagined that Michele probably had been searching for the pinnacle of purpose and peace all her life, like most of us do. I imagined that at once point she would have thought catching Alan's eye was her greatest goal. Then dating him, seeing him often and being with him- that was her longing. Then marriage became the mountaintop for her, and now her hopes are bound up in starting a family. And all of those are right things, and good dreams. They are holy desires. Watching Michele come to a place of acceptance- not resignation, but acceptance- is a good reading journey. We see her preparing her heart for a blessing that she hopes will come. So... on to my next favorite storyline- Christina, a young woman expecting a child. This plot gave us an opportunity to model a holistic pro-life lifestyle, the kind that embraces the mother and the child. Being pro-life can't end with sidewalk counseling, and in this story it doesn't. Marilyn brought Christina home and installed her in the garage apartment, helped her find employment, and began treating her like family. This is exactly what we need more of. In a crisis pregnancy we need to help remove the crisis instead of the unborn child. Marilyn put her money and time and heart where her mouth was. These books are quiet. And steady. And I like that. A series of novels like these is a great way to introduce a vision of marriage and family where loving commitment and honest communication are the glue. I love the way faith was woven in, and there was much truth here. I do wish the characters had been a little more broken, at times. This series has been inspiring. Tender. Gentle. And at times, very real. I do think a few more ragged edges, a few more exposed nerves, could have made it even more powerful. I am eager for volume four in the Restoration Series. Thank you Revell for my review copy.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
Believe it or not, this is the first book by Dan Walsh that I have read. I know it’s pretty hard to believe… that there is a reader of Inspirational fiction that has yet to read one of these AMAZING books but that’s me… Or it was anyway… I’m not in that category anymore. LOL! And what a place to start… WOW! The opening sentence… “Michelle didn’t know why she’d come here, why she tortured herself this way.” I mean… does it get any more intriguing than that! Right there, you have a perfect formula for hooking your reader. You have raw emotion, you have mystery, you have intrigue… And is there a person on the planet who could put the book down before they find out who Michelle is and why she torments herself by doing… whatever it is she’s doing at the opening of this story (NO! I’m not telling. Trust me – you WANT to read this book). Don’t worry about not having read any of the other books in this series, if you’re starting here with book 3 – although I’m sure you will want to read them all AFTER you read this one! I know I do! I will warn you. I’m a Mercy (spiritual gift) so I tend to bawl over just about anything so it’s probably not a really good idea to judge your probability of needing an entire box of tissues just to get through this book… usually. With this book, I think more people than think they would, are going to need just that. “The Desire” by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley explores some pretty tough emotions and it doesn’t really matter if you’ve been there or not, they make the emotions so real, you feel like you have. READ IT! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
 I have read all the books in this series so far. Each one has touched my heart in a special way. This particular book was easy to read although at times very thought provoking.  Alan and Michelle are dealing with infertility. Michelle is lacking support from friends and family and is also having a difficult time talking to Alan about it. Alan has taken a recent mission trip to Ethiopia in which he has seen the most abject poverty. His heart is heavy and he is feeling the burden deeply. Michelle mostly caught up in her own sorrow cannot seem to connect with Alan. While Michelle is struggling, she gets involved in checking out a children's ministry study for her pastor's wife.  While doing so, God is also doing a work in her heart. As He changes her way of thinking, He also opens doors for the improbable to happen.  Of course... I don't want to give it away... So you will have to read the book.  One thing I love about these authors is the pretty easy to read, lack of extreme minor detail to the book. Pretty much the authors are straight to the point, dealing with the matters at hand. This book is about healing - through total surrender to God. The concepts dealt with in the book are something we all need to hear - humility, loving God with all our heart and soul, putting Him first in our lives... and more.  Of course it also talks about infertility, the emotions women struggle with , the lack of support at times for their pain, adoption, and other options.  And the subject Dan and Gary are good at, this The Desire also deals with couples and their relationships, communication skills, and marriage issues. This book is so worth the read!! I am of course eagerly awaiting the release of Book 4 - The Legacy next spring. And although this book is written to stand alone, I would highly recommend at some time that you read all the books in this series.  I was blessed with The Desire by Revell's blogger program in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
I've read each of the books in this series, and although I think that's the best way to enjoy the Anderson family saga, this Christian fiction could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. It covers some sticky subjects: adoption, unwed pregnancy, and infertility. And it covers them with finesse. Christians often want to know just how to find God's will. Many feel that it's a fuzzy road to travel. I really liked chapter 33 when Allan and Michele discuss how they spent their day--each separately seeking God's direction, and yet, each coming up with the same answer. The writer nailed it when he showed us step by step how its done! I also liked the character Christina, a pregnant, unwed teen. She has a tough decision to make, and I feel she made the best choice. I think most will benefit by reading this novel. Thank you to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy.