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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Expectation. Expectation. Expectation. Disappointment. After ten years of tear-soaked prayers, repeatedly dashed hopes, and multiple failed rounds of IVF, Sheridan Voysey and his wife come to a heart-breaking conclusiontheir dream of having a child is over. Empty and confused from a decade of disappointment, they leave their jobs, pack their bags, and embark on a journey in search of restoration.
Voysey chronicles their return to life. From the streets of Rome to the Basilicas of Paris, from the Alps of Switzerland to their new home in Oxford, they begin the healing process while wrestling with their doubts about Gods goodness. One part spiritual memoir and one part love story, Resurrection Year is an honest, heart-felt book about recovering from broken dreams and reconciling with a God who is sometimes silent but never absent.
Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His books include the award-winning Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life, and the three-volume series Open House: Sheridan Voysey in Conversation. He is married to Merryn and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom.
toknowhim4 Stars Out Of 5Book Sneeze Review: Resurrection YearJuly 3, 2013toknowhimQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My most recent review is "Resurrection Year" by Sheridan Voysey. I received a complimentary copy of the book from BookSneeze and in return I am writing this review. I had never heard of Sheridan Voysey, although he is a popular author and radio personality from Australia. He now resides in the UK with his wife.
I probably would not have picked this book to review, but I had just heard an interview with Sheridan on the Chris Fabry Live radio show. Chris Fabry was sent Sheridan's book to review and he must have liked it because he was interviewing Sheridan about his book :)
(Taken from back cover) "Resurrection Year is a hope filled story about starting again after a dream has died-an emotive, poetic, and at times humorous discovery of the healing qualities of beauty, play, friendship, and love."
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I had read it completely in just a few days. Sheridan opens up candidly, and shares the journey he and his wife have been on...a painfully long journey of 15 years of infertility. Sheridan shares many of his own personal journal entries during the struggle with infertility. The reader gets a glimpse of Sheridan's (and his wife) wrestling with God through questions, pain and rejoicing.
I think I had expected that at the end of the book Sheridan and his wife would have children, but this book is actually about how a Christ follower lives in spite of an unfulfilled dream...this is real life for so many of us. Living in a broken world, we all will live with some unfulfilled dream. This book is about how Sheridan and his wife chose to focus in on the beauty of the life that God has given them without children of their own.
I would recommend this book to anyone, not just those who share the same story as Sheridan and his wife. As stated before, everyone will face some unfulfilled longing, and this book shows how one couple chose to find life after a "death" of a dream.
JeanieKearney, NEAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Won't find solace here.June 25, 2013JeanieKearney, NEAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1First, check it out guys: Voysey responded to a tweet of mine (twice!), after I responded to BookSneeze tweet. And I didn't even mention Voysey the first time, in the Twitter sense. I like a man on his toes. Well done, Mr. Voysey.
Shortly after I began reading, I was struck by the similarity between this one and North of Hope - peoples' healing journeys, in these cases literally, after personal tragedy. I hope the trend continues and more people write their stories on this subject. (That is, if the adversity can't be avoided in the first place!) For Voysey and his wife, the dream was to have a child.
I may have chosen this book more because I was intrigued by the topic, than thinking I had more to learn myself. I readily admit though, I am far from having it all figured out. (It's been about a year and a half now since my dream broke. I referred to it in my last post, too.)
I brought this book to the movie theater (West Side Story), and both the lady who sold me the ticket and the guy who took it asked me what I was reading. (This says a lot about the quality of the theater of which I am so proud.) The latter said, "Are you in need of cheering up?" (Notice the subtitle in the image above.) I was taken aback but said "Maybe a little bit." He said, "Well, you can smile at me." It makes me feel better even now.
In fact, that incident was the best result of having chosen this book, and it is what I'll take with me. Voysey means well, I'm sure, but this book just doesn't go anywhere. He tells what happened but not really what he learned, and thus you may not benefit if you are looking for solace too.
I've always believed that when you've dreamt and lost, you will get something, someday, proportional to the hope, prayer and desire you put into it. When my day comes (and believe me, I know exactly what I want again), I hope I see and recognize the gentleman from the movie theater. I'll be pleased to update him. And Voysey too.
I received this book for free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com (http://BookSneezeÃÂ®.com> book review bloggers program.
Clare AliceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Radio identity's private story: Hope after painMay 27, 2013Clare AliceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sheridan Voysey was a successful radio broadcaster with a loyal following across Australia, when in 2011, at the peak of his career, he suddenly quit and disappeared overseas. At the time, fans were given limited explanation for his departure.
In Resurrection Year, Voysey reveals that he and his wife Merryn had arrived at the devastating end of a ten-year battle with infertility. With their dream of bearing a child dashed, the pair had left all they'd ever known to pursue his wife's "consolation prize"- an international travelling, working adventure.
This book is a compelling tell-all, following the couple's journey from ruined hope to new horizons. It takes us deep into the heart of the Voyseys' personal, private lives - from the bedroom, to the boardroom, to the doctor's surgery; from intimate conversations and journal entries, to emotion-charged prayer meetings. We read of their medical battles, their fears and identity struggles, and their spiritual questioning: Is God good? Mean? Silent? Does he use pain to teach us lessons? Why don't fairytales come true?
Refreshingly, though, this is no heavy-going treatise on pain and suffering. The writing is artistic, metaphoric, at times cinematic, and seasoned often with colour, fun, and Voysey's self-effacing comic wit - attributes that his radio fans would be familiar with. I had plenty of big laughs, in between my tears. And when the pair travel Europe in search of restoration, it's as pretty as a picture book - as they slow down in Italy, seek answers in the Swiss Alps, get lost in the maze of Venice, lose themselves in Rome's ancient architecture, and revel in Oxford's rich history.
My only objection was to Voysey's use of the words "blouse" and "slacks" when describing his wife's outfit...An old-fashioned quirk from this otherwise hip & daring Oxford author. I'm sure he's not aspiring to fashion writing, so it's a forgiveable transgression...
Part memoir, part travel journal, part theology, part philosophy, and in all parts love-story, Resurrection Year is a beautiful, uplifting, and deeply thoughtful work. It offers real, universal hope, for anyone who's faced disappointment. Which is most of us. Not a schmaltzy promise of fairytales coming true, but a real assurance that, even after the most dead and shattered of dreams, God can bring wonderful, fulfilling, invigorating new life.
DavidMelbourneAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful BookMay 27, 2013DavidMelbourneAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Resurrection Year, what a wonderful book. It's very well written, and very easy to read, one of those books that are difficult to put down. It's written straight from the heart of 2 people desperately trying to achieve
their dream, a dream that has been laid on the altar, a dream that's now been replaced with a new vision and vigour for what God will do. Sheridan and Merryn welcome you into their lives through each chapter, making you
feel as if you are there with them right by their side, and where you will feel varying degrees of emotion as each page is turned. I very much recommend Resurrection Year, a book you could return to anytime for hope and
Mel WSydney AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must readMay 27, 2013Mel WSydney AustraliaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Resurrection year is a book that has touched my heart and soul. I have laughed and cried as Sheridan and Merryn share, quite personally their story of broken dreams, but more importantly the start of the restorative journey.
I am so thankful to them for sharing with great depth and honesty showing much vulnerability in doing so. They have started a conversation that for many remains hidden, pain filled and not openly shared with others.
It was such an easy read, their story interspersed with journal entries and emails with a dash of humour and a bunch of tears made it so hard to put down. Highly recommend it!
Author: Sheridan Voysey
Located in: United Kingdom
Submitted: March 13, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am an Australian writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality, living in the United Kingdom. I have written 5 books, and had 18 years in broadcasting and public speaking. I am married to Merryn and we live in a little terrace house in Oxford from which I write and travel.
What was your motivation behind this project? This book was not my idea to write. As readers will discover, it was a well-known British author friend of mine who suggested that this story of broken dreams and new beginnings should be told for the benefit of others. My response was initially negative, and I didn't think my wife would want our private story told. But as we both prayed about the idea we grew in the conviction that, yes, this book should be written.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My prayer for Resurrection Year is that those who have experienced a broken dream will find hope and healing through it. For Merryn and I the broken dream was having a child. For others it might be unwanted singleness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of career or something else. The broken dreams may differ, but the emotional and spiritual journey involved in starting again has proven remarkably similar for all. This is the story of one couple who were able to start again.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? As I've shared on my blog, writing Resurrection Year required Merryn and me to relive some very painful experiences. I re-read a decade's worth of journals in preparation. During this phase of the writing process Merryn would come home at times to find me in a very dark place indeed. (Much of that heartache is revealed in chapter 1 of Resurrection Year a chapter few whove read the book can read without tears.) But in another sense, there was a joy in writing this book that Ive rarely experienced before. The books structure came fairly quickly and very little of the draft material was edited out. The words, paragraphs and metaphors flowed. The craft of writing is always difficult, but I felt a grace in writing this book that was unique.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are many but, in terms of memoir writers, I hope Resurrection Year has even just a pinch of the grace that Frederick Buechner, Tim Winton, Anne Lamott and Kathleen Norris have brought to their memoirs.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm amazed at the kind words people are saying about Resurrection Year. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, has 'highly recommended' it. Darlene Zschech has called it 'a gift'. Marva Dawn describes it as 'a profound read' and Ruth Graham, Adrian Plass and many others have endorsed the book. It seems God is up to something with this little story that I never wanted to write.