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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Book Review: The Promise by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

Title: The Promise (Book 2, Restoration Series)
Authors: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
Publisher: Revell 

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?

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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My thoughts: This is my fifth book that I have read and reviewed on Books and Needlepoint by Dan Walsh.  (You can find all my reviews here. ) I continue to be touched and renewed while reading his books.  This latest, the second in the Restoration Series is no exception.  I would recommend reading The Dance first though as you get some background information that not knowing won't detract from the story, but I felt it gave me a better understanding of the family dynamics.  

I enjoy these books because the foundation for the restoration is based in God's love and forgiveness.  This is portrayed though, without being preachy and in-your-face.  It is simply a story, that could be anyone's story, about things that disrupt a marriage, a family, and the importance of communication and prayer. These books have touched me on a deeper level the last couple of years as my family has faced some trials where communication and understanding have played a very big role.  For awhile the communication was lost and it is just coming back to the level where it used to be.  The difference that it has made in our marriage and in our family is tremendous.

So, whether or not your family is whole, struggling, on the brink of disaster - I am sure that you will take something away with you after reading them.

~I received a complimentary copy of The Dance from Revell Book Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~

About the author: 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.

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About the author: 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.

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