I read the first book by these authors and it felt like my own incredible counselor was teaching me as I read. I did not want it to end and was ecstatic when I discovered they are written the next two in the series.
I have read all of the Sullivan Crisp series. There are three books: Healing Waters, Healing Stones and Healing Sands. I have enjoyed them all. The plots are interesting, as are the characters. I enjoy the psychological discovery about all of the players as well. There is an excellent sub=plot thru the books as you discover about Sullivan Crisp's past. You will enjoy!!
Sullivan Crisp and his authors do it again in a book that deserves more than five stars. Lucia, Sully, Bethany, and the rest of the characters are drawn with such depth that you know they could be real people. Meanwhile, their conflicts definitely do not come from your average "oops, I forgot to pray" Christian Fiction Conflicts shelf. Therefore, the way everyone deals with and solves their conflicts also comes across in a poignant, yet realistic way. Also, once again, Nancy and Stephen do a great job with their antagonists, Chip and Sonia. The former, you might never suspect of what he ultimately did (nice job on the suspense!) As with Estes and St. Clair in Healing Stones, the latter is a Christian, but has clearly received and given some toxic messages about God in her lifetime. Altogether, these elements make for a seriously fantastic book that actually made me cry. Looking forward to snatching up Healing Sands in November!
This was a good book. It kind of dragged for me in the middle when Sonia was constantly in denial over her burns and appearance AND was busy ordering everyone around. It was hard to watch Lucia, once again, cower to her demands and lose any shred of self esteem that she had. However, the book did pick up as Lucia met Sullivan Crisp, who is a really great character. Through his own pain, he helps Lucia by being kind and understanding. I was impressed by his character...he was pretty brave for having the low-key personality that he did to go after two people that came to the house unexpectedly. What a guy! If you stick with the book, you will enjoy it.
Like the first book in the Sullivan Crisp series, reading this book was not like reading your normal Christian fiction book. If you're expecting safe, happy endings, everyone gets along in your fiction, keep moving. From the get go, this book has unhappy people who are frustrated with life and question their faith in God. Lucia is a character that you instantly feel sympathetic towards. As the story progresses and she tells her past to Sullivan, the reader will react the same way he does. It was heartbreaking to read about what type of a life she had to live due to her sister. Thus, there were times throughout the book when I felt like Sophia got what she deserved. I did not like her character at all. The way that she treated people was just uncalled for. Her faith did seem very fair-weathered and it was interesting to see her finally being tested to practice what she preached.That whole storyline is something you don't normally see in Christian fiction. It's edgy because you wouldn't think to see Christians question the faith of those who believe in the power of healing. We also learn more about Sullivan's family throughout the story, as to what really happened to his wife. I will admit that sometimes these parts were a little show and interrupted the flow of the main story. However I am interested to know if he will ever confront the psychiatrist who gave his wife the faulty advice. That should make for a very interesting meeting. His insight throughout the whole story was a great way to see the plot from a different point of view. Like the first book, there is also a mystery storyline that runs throughout the book. It is very well played out and adds to the complexity of the story.Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not everyday that a Christian book questions the faith of a Christian in such a frank matter. I totally loved it and I am eagerly waiting the release of the next book in the series.