Thursday, February 4, 2010

Songs of Deliverance Blog Tour

About The Book:

Songs of Deliverance is the latest novel from popular author Marilynn Griffith, who is known for her rich and heartfelt storytelling that will stir readers’ emotions.

Four childhood friends have been torn apart by the mistakes and tragedies of their past. Now as adults, they are reunited in their hometown of Testimony, Ohio, where they sort through the messy, real-life struggles of secrets kept hidden, lost loves and unknown futures.

Zeely Wilkins is the one with the beautiful voice that earned her the nickname “Birdie,” when she was younger.  Now engaged to marry Jerry, her life seems to be back on track, though she struggles to bury feelings for her high school sweetheart. 

Grace Okoye can make you hold your breath when she dances, but ever since that night more than a decade ago, she has pushed that dream—like so many others—aside.

Ron Jenkins, the lone white guy who once used to preach in the black church, has returned to Testimony, now as a lawyer. He questions whether he should be here, and when enough is enough when it comes to matters of the heart.

Brian Mayfield, with his long dreadlocks, had walked away from the church awhile ago. Only recently has he started to turn back to God and find strength for healing and patience. He never knew his biological mother but is determined to make a difference in the lives of the students at Imani Academy, with the help of his assistant, Grace Okoye.

Having grown up together, they now must help and encourage one another as they begin to address the pains, heartaches and tragedies of their past—and get a second chance to make things right. Though never easy, the friends experience a spiritual awakening as they begin to face their secrets and sorrows and offer their struggles over to God. They learn the beauty and strength in friendship, and the inexhaustible depth of God’s healing grace and redemption—no matter how hopeless or doomed things may seem at first. 

Marilynn Griffith’s fresh voice and masterful storytelling make this rough yet tender story come alive. It is sure to touch readers’ hearts and keep them turning pages until the very end. Fans of Griffith’s previous novel, Rhythms of Grace, will be delighted to know that Songs of Deliverance picks up with that storyline and can be read as a sequel, though it is intended as a standalone for new fans.

You can read an excerpt of Songs of Deliverance here (PDF file)

About The Author:

Marilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of the Shades of Style series. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and their seven children.
My Review:

As I began to read this book I felt that I was missing something. The characters would mention previous situations and experiences and only then did I realize this was actually a sequel. After realizing this, I had no problem keeping up with the lives of all the characters involved in Songs of Deliverance. Though this book is stated to be a "stand alone book", I do suggest reading the first book, Rhythms of Grace, so that you will get an overview of the relationship dynamics, etc and not have to spend the first part of the book being confused:)

That said, this book was very well written, and I was immersed in the lives of all the characters involved. Through Griffith's writing style, I experienced almost every emotion known to man. There was anger, love, bitterness, sadness, and sheer joy and worship as I have never experienced before in a novel.

This book takes the reader on the spiritual journey of a wonderful group of people, and I promise you that you will relate to at least one of the characters. We are all on a journey and God will take us through the journey, if only we let Him. Its our journey (especially the trials) that make us most dependent on the Lord. That is what He wants, and that is the message I feel Marilynn Griffith was trying to convey through Songs of Deliverance. We cannot do things on our own. I highly recommend this book!

BUY IT: Songs of Deliverance is available January 2010 from your local retailer of Revell, a division of Baker It can also be purchased online directly through Revell books Publishing Group.

***Thank you to Donna at Baker Publishing Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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