Desert Gift, Side Roads Series #2   -     By: Sally John
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What does a nationally known marriage expert do when her own marriage falls apart? Just as Jillian Galloway sets out for a publicity tour to promote her new book, her husband drops a bombshell: He wants a divorce. Jill flees to her parents' home in the California desert, wondering whether everything she's built her career on-indeed, everything she's built her life around-is a sham. Navigating this "side road" of life is an uphill climb that leads to new understandings about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with the One who created marriage.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414327862
ISBN-13: 9781414327860
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Series: Side Roads

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What does a nationally known marriage expert do when her own marriage falls apart? Just as Jillian Galloway sets out for a publicity tour to promote her new book, her husband drops a bombshell: He wants a divorce. Jill flees to her parents’ home in the California desert, wondering whether everything she’s built her career on—indeed, everything she’s built her life around—is a sham. Navigating this “side road” of life is an uphill climb that leads to new understandings about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with the One who created marriage.

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In Desert Gift, author Sally John writes about giving everything over to God through her characters Jack and Jill Galloway, and ultimately about rediscovery. As an expert on marital advice, a radio talk show host, and a best-selling author, Jill has dedicated her life to making marriages work. Turning that life upside down, Jack announces that he wants a divorce as Jill is walking out the door on a nationwide book tour. She goes on with the book tour and the breakdown inevitably happens. She realizes that her private life is nothing like her public persona.

John tells the story from the points of view of Jill, Jack, and even Jill's sister, Vivian. The reader gets to see Jack’s confusion, Vivian's sisterly love, and Jill's pain, which all help her regain who she was. While staying with family, Jill meets Agnes, who advises her to lay all her problems at the foot of the cross and trust in God alone. Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Jill does an overhaul of her life resulting in many life changes, including aspects of her marriage.

Through many events, such as moving in with her parents, working with her sister, learning of her son's surprise engagement, terminating her book tour, and ending her radio show, Jill becomes a new woman. She sets aside the bossy, stubborn, and prissy aspects of her former life so that she can draw closer to God and discover his will for her life. With the advice of many, Jill lays down the aspects of herself she can no longer respect so that God can help make her into a new person.

Although focused on important contemporary issues, Desert Gift takes a long time to finally get moving. The lead draws the reader in, but then the story drags for a long time, giving too much back story and character angst and not enough action and plot momentum. The book does not completely satisfy in entertainment value. In spite of that, the story is filled with biblical references and solid advice that can be applied to all relationships, not just struggling marriages; I recommend this book to anyone who been in a difficult relationship or wants to draw closer to God. – Kailey Traylor, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Story
    April 21, 2013
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a novel about a couple with a marriage issue. She is a famous marriage expert with a radio show and book, and on the day the couple is leaving for a book tour, he announces that he wants a divorce and stays home. The rest of the book deals with the fallout from his statement. Both husband and wife discover what each was doing wrong and how their marriage could be better, with a good resolution at the end. I thought the book was good but seemed very long and drawn-out to me.
  2. BC Canada
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A very good book
    October 4, 2012
    Betty
    BC Canada
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Desert Gift - eBook.
    I enjoy reading this book at times could not put it down.

    Thank You
  3. Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Unique Story
    May 22, 2012
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Desert Gift

    Sally John

    What does a nationally known marriage expert do when her own marriage falls apart? Just as Jillian Galloway sets out for a publicity tour to promote her new book, her husband drops a bombshell: He wants a divorce. Jill flees to her parents' home in the California desert, wondering whether everything she's built her career on—indeed, everything she's built her life around—is a sham. Navigating this "side road" of life is an uphill climb that leads to new understandings about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with the One who created marriage.

    This was an interesting story of marriage. It is nice sometimes to see things as they really are out there. Marriage is the choice we made and to divorce is also a choice. It was a good premise that keep up with the ups and downs of life which should always lead us to Christ. I like that in the end a woman growing in Christ is highlighted deeply and that the main characters were able to rest in Christ to lead the way.

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  4. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, But....
    February 13, 2012
    Becca ellen
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I picked up this book and I didn't put it down until I turned the last page a few minutes ago.

    What your reading a is 'fresh off the press' jumble of thought.

    How is that for and introduction? :)

    Jillian Galloway is a nationally known marriage expert. She lives in Chicago with her picture perfect easy going husband of twenty-four years.

    A bomb suddenly drops out of nowhere when her husband Jack tells her the he wants out. He was filing for a divorce.

    Jill's world was shattered. Her goals, dreams, and a lifetime of work crummbled beneath her feet.

    How... What... WHY? All she knew was that she had to get away. So she turned to the only haven left, home.

    Through the seclusion of this desert haven God works a miricle, which I wont tell you about because I don't want to spoil the rest book for you. :)

    A few parts dragged a tiny bit, but as a whole I would say that Desert Gift is very well written. The setting is modern and familiar. The characters were so real that I cried twice. Jack and Jill are not perfect and the book did not end with happily ever after. (Though it was pretty close :)

    After getting about one-third of the way through the 378 pages I was struck with a horrifying thought. I am just like this woman! I am willful, obnoxiously talkative, judgmental, and... o shame... The list went on.

    I feel my face getting hot even now. Jill is married, I am not. Jill has a carrier, I do not. There aren't any outward resemblances between us to speak of, but I felt like her non the less.

    One of the things that drove her husband crazy was Jill's knack of having the 'right' answer to every equation and problem. This hit me square between the eyes.

    It is hard for me to put my thoughts into words... to end I want to tell you that I am not really sure I recommend this book. I know that I was challenged in many areas of my attitude, but... I not really sure what it is... I just have some reservations to totally throwing my heart into recommending this book.

    I think it is a great book for those who are married, and for those who are ready to get married, but as far as younger teens, this probably wouldn't be the best read.
  5. Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Desert Gift - eBook.
    What would you do if one morning you woke up and the one thing that you had based your whole life around and work around had disappeared without you realising it had come to this point in life , though you are trained to notice these things ?

    For Jill Galloway, that's exactly what happened. For the past twenty-five years, she has been married to Dr. Jack Galloway and has spent these years writing marriage guides and giving relationship advice out to listeners and the public. She has her own radio show and books published. She is known to the public eye as a marital expert. However, behind closed doors is a different story as her husband Jack of twenty-five years has just announced that he wants a divorce- the Dreaded "D" word. The timing is anything but perfect, as the day Jack plants it on her - the day she is set out to go on a five-week Book Tour with her new Marriage guide to life.

    Desert Gift flips between Jack's life in Chicago and Jill's in Los Angeles during the five week period, each analysing and trying to discover what went wrong. Is it time for Jill to start living her own advice and win her husband back or has Jack meet someone new and this is his way of starting his midlife crisis re-invention ?

    Desert Gift is a novel that will show you that sometimes all you need to re-ignite the passion in a twenty-five year old marriage is a reality check and a wake-up call to discover what you have had isn't as bad as what you thought and no marriage is complete without having numerous roadblocks in the way.
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