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Book Review: Bruised But Not Broken

Sheryl Beck-Nelson’s book, Bruised But Not Broken – The Journey from Heartache to Healing, is a candid look at her life beginning on February 26, 2012, the day her husband, Rich, had chest pains, through the hours and hours of his heart surgery, through the many hours of watching and waiting, until February 28, 2012, when he went to be with the Lord. She walks the reader through her grief, through decisions that had to be made, from planning the memorial service to where she and her son, Mathew, would stay. She does all of this in the first 21 pages of the book. The remainder of the book covers the healing process she went through – how God walked with her through that period, the blessings He bestowed upon her, and the things she learned.

This book is one of the most inspiring and motivating books I’ve ever read. Based completely on Biblical teachings, Ms. Beck-Nelson shares what she learned during this time, and she urges the readers to apply the lessons she learned to their lives. She encourages us to dream big and extravagantly, to discover the purpose God has for our lives and to follow Him.

This book will certainly help someone who has suffered a great loss, as Ms. Beck-Nelson did. But the book’s reach is far greater as it will benefit everyone who reads it.

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Book Review: Portrait by JoAnn Durgin

Best selling author, JoAnn Durgin has begun a new series, but fans of the Lewis Legacy Series (LLS) have no need to worry! There will be occasional glimpses of our beloved TeamWork members. This new series, The Grantham-Michaels Series (GMS), promises to be just as good, if not better, than the Lewis Legacy Series. Now, before all of you LLS fans, of which I am one, start throwing things at me, let me tell you that the GMS series is totally different from LLS. In the first book of the GMS, Portrait,  Ms. Durgin included fascinating information on fine art, painting portraits, collectors’ items and even shipping, adding a realistic background to the story.

Of course, there is the beautiful love story of Evan and Lianna. Captivated by each other at first glance, Ms. Durgin, develops the love story, using the faith of Evan and Lianna to build each other up and to witness to those around them. With grace and finesse, she shows that Christians can be faced with temptation, but stand strong in their beliefs.

There are wonderful secondary characters–Evan’s brother, Dylan, who has been in and out of prison for years, Lianna’s best friend and roommate, Sunnye, The Granthams’, Evan’s “family” and business associates, and the precocious, hurting Samantha, the nine-year old daughter of the Granthams, who is highly intelligent, frequently tries to act like an adult, but still is a child.

Portrait is a fresh, new writing from Ms. Durgin and I look foward to reading the next book in the series.

I did not receive any compensation for this review. The opinion expressed here is solely mine.