Monday, January 4, 2010

Sara Evans is now an author

This video gives you a peek into this book and more about the other 3 books in the series

A redemptive story from multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans.

Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she's thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson's love.

But then Jade's hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade's wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister. Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past--the insecurity of living with a restless, wandering mother, the silence of her absent father, and the heart-ripping pain of first-love's rejection.

Turns out Beryl has a secret of her own. She needs reconciliation with her oldest daughter before illness takes her life. In the final days leading to the wedding, Jade meets the One who shows her that the past has no hold on her future. With a little grace, they'll meet in the middle, maybe even before that sweet by and by.

My review:
This is a great novel by first time author and country singer Sara Evans. Jade Fitzgerald is a young woman who has dealt with the pain of rejection and has not reconciled some relationships from her past and is forced to do so with her upcoming wedding. This is a story of redemption, forgiveness and Gods grace. Learn how Jade deals with the abandonment issues left in her heart by her Father which in turn of course, affects her relationship with God. See how the Lord mends her relationship with her mother and how they deal with some difficult news. I would encourage anyone to read this book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!

Thank you Thomas Nelson publishers for allowing me this complimentary copy and in return I have given them this humble opinion and my review free of charge :)

If you would like to purchase The Sweet By and By please visit Thomas Nelson Publishers here

Love and Blessings

In all things

Gods Word tells us this:

In all things we know that God works good for those who love HIM and are called according to HIS purpose.
Romans 8:28

I believe and have stood on this Word many times in my life but I see it so clearly in this past few weeks of my Dads life and in the days since he has gone to be with Jesus.

When I left I never dreamed we would have lost my dad as quickly as we did and the main thing I have struggled with since, was the fact that as we were checking out of the hospital I believed STRONGLY in the doctors words "NO NO you don't have DAYS left you have WEEKS left." We lost dad 6 days later. Remember we had planned on driving my Dad back to Okla to see his mom but then daddy took another bad turn and we flew my Nana immediately to Florida. Although Dad was not awake or coherent when my Nana was there by his side she was able to share her heart and say things she wanted to say that otherwise wouldn't have happened. God worked Good for Dad and for Nana

My brother and I live in the same small town and have lunch periodically but never really talk on a heart level or spend much time together. Over the course of the last 3-4 years we have taken a trip to Dads in May to attend the TPC Sawgrass Golf Tournament and also spend Dads birthday with him. This was one time a year that my brother and I would spend together and I grew to love these trips. When we would return home it would go back to normal ~ not really taking the time for one another yet we were building something.....

When we got the call of Dads admit to the hospital and made the arrangements to go to Florida my brother had plans to return after only 4 days and although I hated for him to return (not knowing if Dad would make it for him to come back) I knew it wasn't likely that my brother would stay indefinately and be able to handle seeing Dad the way he was but he COMPLETELY surprised us all. He stayed the entire time ~ HE was INCREDIBLE with my Dad and honestly I couldn't even begin to share the healing and life changing events that took place in my brother. God worked good for my brother and my Dad

What has taken place for my brother and I is only from the LORD. We have worked side by side for the last month caring for our daddy in every capacity imaginable. We have shared our hearts with each other, strengthened one another and depended on each other as well. This is something I will forever praise the Lord for. In the midst of the pain there is a GIFT. This is true no matter what you go through because whether you are dealing with a pruning of your flesh, a loss of a loved one, or working on broken relationships God watches over HIS Word to perform it. He Cannot Lie and His Word says ~

So, stand on His Word today. Trust HIM. Praise HIM. Walk with HIM and see what Good HE will do for YOU

Love and Blessings