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On the surface, Hannah was the dutiful daughter of Evangelical royalty, with a degree from Oral Roberts University and a staff position in her father's ministry. Yet, in the years leading up to the crash, she had begun to investigate and question her early religious convictions. How much of what she'd been taught was really true? Did she still believe any of it? But as Hannah recounts the transformative aftermath of the crash-Austin's strength as he took care of her even as his own body failed, the miracle of the stranger who rescued them, and memories of her beloved friend Garrett, who died in the crash-she discovered a new kind of faith, one that allowed her to embrace a life of purpose and possibility while honoring the memory of those she loved most.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Atria Books
Publication Date: 2013
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“A soulful reflection addressing the hard questions about life--questions that often go unanswered because there really are no answers. I am astounded by Hannah's will to live…her transparency about her continuing life journey displays courage of another kind, inspiring and giving others the strength to question, listen, and endure.”
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5a story of hope and faithOctober 18, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5On May 11, 2012, twenty two year old Hannah Luce, daughter of youth evangelist Ron Luce, was the only survivor of a small plane crash. This is her story.
Hannah shares what it was like growing up evangelical, in the family whose father was the CEO of Teen Mania. See tells of seeing great miracles yet having times of questioning her faith. She got to the point of faking being an good evangelical girl, even faking speaking in tongues. She was frustrated with the Christian concept of "us" and "them."
She shares her friendships with Austin and Garrett, guy friends so important to her. And then that fateful day in 2012 when she, Austin, Garrett and two others were flying to a Teen Mania youth rally. Her memories of the crash are vivid. Her struggles after her survival were serious. She faced the reality of the absence of her friends, the guilt of surviving, enduring flashbacks, and learning to live with her scarred skin. She felt disconnected from God. She questioned her parents' very specific religious beliefs.
In November of 2012, Hannah went back to the crash sight. There she began to experience the healing of her soul and spirit.
This is a powerful book. Hannah is honest about her youth, troubled by the confines of her parents' faith. She reveals the questioning of her religious convictions. She shares the spiritual lessons she has learned in the aftermath of the crash. "Despite what I have been through," she writes, "mine is a story of hope. And faith." (285)
This is a good book for college or career aged people. Many of those questioning their own Christian beliefs will identify with Hannah. They will also see God's faithfulness to Hannah and the entire Luce family. An inspirational book.
All of Hannah's proceeds from this book will go to Mirror Tree, a nonprofit she is forming to help female refugees of the world.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Learining to find hope and faith in adversity!October 14, 2013Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Why God? Why I am the only one left?"
These would be the same questions Hannah Luce would ask herself over and over as she began the slow road to recovery and healing being the only one to survive the plane crash that killed four of her closest friends and ones who were just beginning their lives working for Teen Mania Ministries. What Hannah shares in Fields of Grace, the book that chronicles not only what happened that fateful day that would forever change her life in more ways than she could remember but also shares how difficult her own road to discovery and faith has been being the daughter of a well known youth evangelist, Ron Luce, cofounder and CEO of Teen Mania Ministries.
This is the perfect book for anyone who is just beginning their spiritual walk or questioning where God is at in their dry moments when you wonder is this all there is in your faith walk. Hannah tells a very honest and compelling look at how she was raised and how she began at some point to wonder where God was at in all of it. She struggles with prayer and wondering why God doesn't answer her like she believes He should. She questions everything she has been raised to believe and wonders if there is something more out there than just what her dad has been teaching her.
She introduces us to Austin Anderson, the young man she meets while attending Oral Roberts University who is adored and charmed by countless women but has the most amazing friendship with Hannah because she is unlike anyone he has ever met since returning from two tours in Iraq and has been struggling to come to terms with his faith and seeing the horror of war. He and Hannah find themselves as true soulmates in every sense of the word even though they are not romantically interested in one another. It will be that same relationship that will be tested in the truest sense when their plane crashes.
Hannah tells how difficult it has been trying to find ways to reconnect with not only Austin but with Garrett Coble, the man that she believes was joining the flight that day to ask her to become part of his life, something that was shared between them but never honestly discussed until the day that would forever seal their fates and Hannah would never be able to tell Garrett her true feelings for him. She fondly remembers Austin's favorite quote from the movie Braveheart, "Every man dies, not every man really lives," and that is just how Garrett lived every moment of his life, a true hero to the end.
I received Fields of Grace by Hannah Luce and Robin Gaby Fisher compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars because I truly believe in all of our hearts, we have all had moments of doubt and wonder where God is in the midst of personal trials, struggles or losses we can not explain. This book helps cast aside those doubts and helps us to realize that most of the time God is simply waiting to be invited in, and not asked to prove His existence in our lives. This book is a love story about three friends whose bond cannot be broken by death.
Hannah Luce has decided to donate all proceeds of the sale of Fields of Grace to the nonprofit organization she formed Mirror Tree to aid in the research and to create opportunities for people in the United States to help rehabilitate and reintegrate female refugees and others suffering from the aftereffects of rape, genocide and the loss of identity. This was a dream Austin had and she wants to do all she can to see this dream become a reality and as a tribute to him and the work he had hoped to achieve.
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