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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Homeland Heroes
Jved267Detroit, MIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Couldn't put it down!April 7, 2012Jved267Detroit, MIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Chris struggles to come to grips with another tragedy in her life, it brings back the horror of childhood abuse and the trauma of the war in Iraq. When she has no where else to turn, Chris turns to her friend Erin, who is determined to lead her to the Lord. I just couldn't put the book down as I had to know what decisions Chris would make.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5lacks military content, repetitive dramaJune 22, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Christina McIntyre and Erin Grayson were soldiers during Desert Storm. Part of a medical unit, they saw little action during the short war.
Move forward five years. Each woman has her own life. Erin is married to a doctor. Erin and her husband are part of a Christian ministry outreach in Oregon. Some of the others involved are people from Erin's military days.
Chris lives in a secluded cabin in the snowy mountains of Colorado, part of the San Juan District Three Search and Rescue. When she is attacked by an escaped convict, Chris finally manages to kill him, but not before the convict murders the coworker come to rescue her. The man she thought she could love.
When Eric hears of Chris' experience she decides to go to her. They did not part five years ago on the best of terms but she knows Chris needs her.
Fleisher continues the story of Chris and Erin, a troubled reunion. Interspersed with the current story are flashbacks to their Desert Storm experiences. Chris has had a troubled past and Erin knows only the Lord can deliver her from her inner pain.
I was a bit disappointed in this novel. I was expecting more military experience, as the cover indicated. I also got tired of Chris blowing up and Erin soothing her. Erin's concern with Chris, these five years later, borders on obsession. Even Erin' husband does not understand the relationship and is sorely tested.
The love/hate relationship between Erin and Chris is by far the main theme of the novel. The pain Chris experiences did not come from her military duty but from childhood. The war experience seemed to have little to do with the novel other than to provide a scene for the two women to meet. To me, that is a poor excuse for a novel this is supposed to honor military heroes.
Fleisher lacks writing creativity. When I read that someone's "heart slammed to a stop," for the third time, I lost appreciation for Fleisher's writing style. (Pages 166, 253, and 287. Erin's heart supposedly stopped twice while Chris' once. Fleisher used this phrase for emphasis only - no 911 calls to rescue the woman with the supposed stopped heart!)
While I wasn't all that impressed with this novel, the gospel is very clearly presented.
There is no reading group guide nor questions for discussion included in the book.
Darlene5 Stars Out Of 5November 14, 2007DarleneA veteran of Desert Storm Chris McIntyre faces self-destruction due to past problems and a tragedy she suffered in the war Erin Grayson, a former Operation Desert Storm friend, rushes to her side to help and share her faith in hopes of saving Chris's life. This is a great novel of love and mercy shown by Erin and Jesus Christ to someone who is deeply wounded.
Chloe T.5 Stars Out Of 5November 7, 2007Chloe T.I loved this book. It blended together both chicklit and adventure. I have read it many times and highly recommend it. It is a great read.
Narelle Mollet5 Stars Out Of 5October 23, 2006Narelle MolletDonna's first novel is an exceptional blend of action and suspense, palpable emotions, devoted friendship and the faithfulness of God.Christina McIntyre is a wounded soul, both from childhood secrets and her life as a soldier in Iraq. A fledgling friendship with fellow soldier, Erin Grayson, develops but is soon tested by tragedy in combat and Chris disappears to the mountains of Colorado, seeking the anonymity she prefers. Erin knows God has placed a burden for Chris on her heart and her faithfulness to that call puts her at odds with her protective husband, Scott. When Chris' life is shattered by another tragic loss, Erin brings a broken Chris into her home and and shows her what true compassion is.Donna Fleisher's sensitive characterization draws you into the lives of Chris, Erin and the eclectic group of people in the Kimberley Street Community Centre where Erin works and lives. The relationships are genuine and full of the realities of what life is really about. A fantastic start to a compelling series.
Author: Donna Fleisher
Located in: Lincoln City, Oregon
Submitted: August 09, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. If Im not already, Ill soon be officially
classified as an old maid. In other words, Im
forty and still single, but I totally love my
life. I wouldnt trade it for a dime. Right now
Im sitting in my comfie recliner, and every so
often I need to stop typing to gaze out my
living room window at the waves of the Pacific
as they crash over my rock. As soon as Im
done here, Im gonna go down on the beach and
hunt for agates. Then catch the tail end of the
sunset. Another gorgeous setting of the sun over
the Pacific Ocean as seen from the shores of
Nelscott Beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. Ahh.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted so much to write about the friendships between women, especially a pair of women who just so happened to be soldiers in the U.S. Army and who met and forged their friendship in the tension of an impending war. But I also wanted to show the way God uses friendship to bring people to Him. I wanted to show the need for us to persevere in the lives of our friends to point them to Christ. Obviously, it is the Holy Spirit who draws people unto Himself. But many times He relies on the perseverance of a friend to get that persons attention. Some people, without that perseverance, will remain oblivious to what He is trying to do in their lives. No, we cant drag someone kicking and screaming to Jesus and make them be saved. But we can care enough to persist. We can care enough to stand by our friends and be their light whatever they decide. Some people call it Friendship Evangelism and debate its effectiveness. I simply call it love. To love others as Jesus Christ loves themto see in them what He seesis to follow Him. Is to obey Him. Is to live as He lived.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I would love for readers to put the book down at the end and just bask in the wonder of Salvation. When Gods Spirit literally moves into a persons soul and sets up camp, it is, indeed, the very touch of God Himself on our mortal bodies. It is real, more real than any experience the natural man can know. To be alive in the redemption of Jesus Christ and to know God the Father truly as Father, is life as it was created to be lived. The abundant life in Christ. If a reader puts the book down and wonders if this life can be her own, I want her to know it can. And it will, the moment she leans into Jesus and accepts who He is and all He has done for her.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are three ministers I rely on to teach me about Jesus and what it means to follow Him. Gayle Erwin teaches about the Nature of Jesus, about who He was when He walked this earth and who He still is as Lord of Lords. Margaret Beckers artistry simply sustains me. Francine Rivers is my example in this industry. When I need to remember what its all about, I listen to Francine. Amen.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I once worked in a fish plant on an Aleutian Island in Alaska. And I once pumped gas. For two weeks. (In Oregon we still dont have self- serve.) Ive worked at a convenience store. And as a motel housekeeper. I once searched for spotted owls. I once hauled almost everything that had anything to do with my four years of writing novels to the fire ring at a local state park and watched it all go up in flames. Sometimes one needs to do that. To simply step away and ask the Lord, Okay, whats next? If you do that, be prepared. He just may be biding His time (and yours) until that perfect moment. He has that way about Him. So, until your perfect moment, whatever and whenever that may be, keep trusting Him. And dont be afraid. He is a big God, and His love is complete. If you have no idea why Im bringing this up, I invite you to check out my blog, especially the Entire Adventure posts. God is very big, and He also has a terrific sense of humor. Its the journey He savors in us, not the outcome. Right now, I pray your journey with Him is sweet. And when were finally able to rest in Christs presence and to hear each others stories I cant wait to hear yours. Until then, vaya con Dios, and thanks for being there! with love, donna