We read the story of Jim and Marilyn Anderson in The Dance. In this book we find out about the lie their son, Tom, has been living for months. Unfortunately Tom's life seems to be a legacy from his father.
You'll need that box of tissues as you read the continuing heartbreak in this family. Is it destined to go from generation to generation?
On what she thought would be a happy day, Jean Anderson discovers her husband's secret. With secrets exposed, the two have to figure out a way to heal their broken marriage.
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley once again give us a look into dysfunctional marriages and how they can be healed in The Restoration Series.
Will they give us another look into the Anderson family? I hope so. There are still two more Anderson children.
***A special thank you to Lanette Haskins for providing a review copy.***
Inspirational and thought provoking along with a couple tugs on the heart makes The Promise quite a stunning book! This is a story of one generation after another in a family, repeating actions and words observed from the next generation. Then, when one marriage breaks apart and begins anew with hard work along with accountability, is it possible that another marriage will be able to be pulled from the brink of falling apart?
As I read the novel, it was if some of what these characters were dealing with was a page from my home life today, and if not a page from today, then a page from the past. In either case, as I read, hope began to spring within my heart. Looking from a telescopic point of view helps readers see how the character's past plays into the present and perhaps change future generations. A person can then take a microscopic look in their own heart and perhaps apply that change to the unhealthy direction life may be taking. In our home that is how reading a work of fiction impacted in a positive way the future for our family line.
After the story is shared, both authors share from their life experiences what they have learned and as a result a story was birthed. Jesus sure made us lovers of tales, and He used parables to teach many. So as you read The Promise, don't be surprised if something sparks within your heart or mind that may lead to choices and actions that need to be taken.
I loved how the characters learned that His Word was something they couldn't live without daily. There was also the importance of family being a conduit of support, love, encouragement and challenge. Even when all seemed lost for the main male character, it was awesome how other older male characters spoke into his life. They acted on what they heard the Lord speaking to them, and in fact, when they were broken in their hearts by what the Lord was showing them, they cried. Rarely do novels show males in that state, yet how attractive to see a man turning to God, taking his responsibility for his actions and then asking forgiveness from those he wronged.
How good God is to gift men to write a story that encourages men to seek His face and walk in His ways. The Promise shows as well how women within a family come together, share burdens, care, pray and walk with each other as God leads them. Many may think family means those which we are born into and that is true, but a smaller part of the bigger view God has given us. Those who are born again Christians have an awesome Father who loves us, seeks us, calls us, comforts us and brings other members into our lives.
I heartily encourage you to read The Promise; then, maybe share the hope with someone you know!
THE PROMISE by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is an incredible inspirational Contemporary Fiction. #2 in "The Restoration" series,but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters. Although, I would suggest reading "The Dance" first just to better understand the characters of Jim and Marilyn Anderson. This is the story of Tom and Jean Anderson, a dysfunctional couple to say the least,and one who is on the verge of disaster. Tom, is Jim and Marilyn's son,from "The Dance",he has lost his job and has been lying to his wife, Jean for a few months. This is a very complex but compelling story of faith,trust,secrets,and love. While at times disheartening, it shows the truth of marriage, the struggles within a marriage, the trust involved with loving someone and trying to protect them. An overwhelming story of the power of forgiveness and love. The team of Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is suberb! Their characters are believable,realistic,engaging and very compelling. Their storyline is stressful at times while you follow the lives of their characters, but is true to life also.
"The Restoration" series is just that a restoration of what is important in life. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
*Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Those are the three words I would use to describe The Promise.
The entire Restoration Series is based on such a great idea,
and that premise is brought to life so well through the saga of the Anderson family.
The Anderson's are believable characters that I related to right away, because they are living out the stories that I have witnessed all around me.
As Tom Dugan said in In The Heat of The Night:
"We did all the things that married people do.
We bought things and made payments and caught colds."
I loved this line, because it sums up the familiar-yet-wholesome routine
that we settle into with our relationships. It is not bad...but it is not complete.
Tom was telling that story in that context of mourning his wife,
whom he lost to a drunken driver one ordinary morning.
She left the house after kissing him goodbye...
he remembered that his last words were telling her to find someone to fix the water heater.
Half an hour later, she had left this world.
We are like that, and we all know it.
At some point, everyone takes the loving relationships they have been blessed with for granted.
There are days for all of us when we need to be loved but don't know how to give love.
Most of us nod our heads at the wise advice we hear about making marriage work,
and some of us take notes on it. It is hard to consistently follow through!
And when we decide we want change, we want it now.
We grow discouraged when it doesn't happen fast.
The process of healing hearts often works the same way as healing broken bodies...
slowly and carefully, sometimes with setbacks.
And setbacks are tough.
Proving to someone that you really, at long last, have changed for the better, is hard to do.
Learning to love and communicate meaningfully after years of mutual misunderstanding
and emotional distance is very difficult!!
But it can all be so worth it.
And that is why I love The Restoration Series.
In a world wracked with painful, sad marriages, these books paint a glorious picture of what
could happen if the husband and his wife agreed to take real steps to rebuild their love and trust.
I gave this book, and book one, The Dance, to a teenage girl I know.
She devoured them both and really delighted in the way marriage and family was portrayed in this book. It refreshed her heart to read about men and women who value their spouse and who will fight to honor their marriage vows...not just keep them.
I enjoyed being updated about Marilyn and Jim Anderson, the parents of Tom. They were the main characters from the first book in this series, and I am happy that the authors included them in this story. So often in a series, characters are contained in only one title. Here, the reader gets to know the Anderson family a bit better with each new book. However, if you did not read the first in The Restoration Series, The Dance, no problem. This is a stand-alone novel.
The major theme is one of supporting those you love. Children need to be encouraged so that they will grow up to become loving parents. For five months Tom has been self-centered. He can barely smile at his young son. The tangled web he's woven catches him and . . . . Well, you'll have to read the book to see what happens.
Thank you to Lanette Haskins at Baker Publishing Group and Revell for my copy.