Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Promise: A Book Review

About The Book:

One home, two hearts, and the power of a promise kept . . . 
For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through coffee shops and the library, using their wifi to search job listings online. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage.

But Tom's not the only one hiding something. Jean Anderson has a secret of her own--one that will seriously complicate their situation. Will the promises they made on their wedding day hold firm?

About The Authors:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury and The Dancewith Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife Norma have been married for 49 years and live in Missouri.

My Review:

The Restoration Series, starting with The Dance, has been a really fascinating read. It not only brings together two of my favorite authors (from two very different genres) but also tackles themes that will have you grabbing for tissue as you read the books and following the journey's taken by the characters. 

The second book in the series, The Promise, was an incredible read, and with each step read you will be reminded that no matter what you face, God is with you each step of the way, you only have to let Him guide you. The old adage, "if he brings you to it, He will bring you through it, was definitely seen in the story of Tom and Jean. Being Christians does not mean everything will come up roses in our lives, and especially in our marriages and this book was a breath of fresh air as this theme was covered in the story line.

 I love Dan Walsh's writing, and have read all his work, so when I found out he was teaming up with Dr. Smalley, I was very excited for this series. And that excitement continues to stay strong. I look forward to reading book three, which is titled The Desire, and book four, tentatively titled The Prodigal.

 A great writing team for sure, and I felt that I related to the main characters in many ways. The story was very real to life and will definitely impact those who are traveling similar paths in their lives to see hope for their future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Promise at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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