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Book Review–Beauty from Ashes

beauty-from-ashes-fb-banner-copyBeauty From Ashes by Alana Terry

This is a heart-wrenching story. A “pull-on-your-gut-real”, nitty-gritty story. It feels like an auto-biography as you read. Tiff is telling her story, and it’s not pretty! (She’s definitely not your typical role-model type of character!)

Her sweet little daughter Natalie, only 4 months old, is struggling to live. Tiff wasn’t ready to be a mom, much less a wife. She grew up in foster care, never had a loving family of her own, (except for her foster mom Sandy) how can she begin to know how to do this?

She & Jake were practically strangers when they got married—what were they thinking? His mom, Patricia, well she’s like the mother-in-law of nightmares. And she moves in with them, to help look after Natalie, keep house, and all the many things that Tiff is failing at as a wife & mom.

Tiff is questioning God—does He even care about her at all? Is He punishing her for her many sins? Will baby Natalie live? How can she & Jake make their marriage work? And so much more.

The ending of the story leaves you with more questions than answers. But there is one message that comes through loud and clear–in spite of circumstances, in spite of the fact that life is not fair, God is good!

I think one reason this story resonated with me in such a strong way, is that I’ve been there! Maybe not to the extent of what Tiff is facing here. But that thing of having your baby girl lying in the hospital, hooked up to all kinds of tubes…entreating God for healing. That heartache of being helpless to save her, and knowing He is the only one who can. Yes! In those dark days, I found Him carrying me, minute-by-minute, as only He can.

You will want to have the tissue box handy, this story will have you breaking out in tears throughout the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions expressed here are my own.

About the BookBeauty-from-Ashes-ebook-194x300

Name of book: Beauty from Ashes

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Women’s Lit

Release Date: July, 2017

A baby was never part of Tiff’s plans. Especially not a sick baby in a NICU, struggling for life on a ventilator.

As days in the hospital turn to weeks, Tiff grows more and more convinced that God is punishing her for turning her back on him so many years ago. Or is it possible he’s working in the midst of her daughter’s bleak prognosis to draw Tiff back to himself once more?

The Orchard Grove Christian Women’s Fiction books are standalone literary novels about real-life believers facing real-life struggles. You won’t meet perfect saints whose lives are faultless models of the Christian faith. Instead, you’ll meet a perfect God whose plans of redemption are far more glorious than what the mortal mind could ever imagine.

 

Purchase your own copy here

About the Authoralana-terry-300x300

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

“You better come in,” I told my husband. “The doctors don’t think he’s going to make it.”

Not the kind of conversation you want to have with anyone at one o’clock in the morning. I was spending the night at the hospital with our nine-month-old baby Silas and hadn’t left the hospital complex in days. Scott was home with our toddler trying to get some sleep.

And our son Silas was dying.

Raising a medically-fragile baby changed me like nothing else ever has. Thankfully, Silas pulled through that horrific evening, but that didn’t mean life was sugar and cream from then on.

As anyone with experience knows, it’s hard work being a special-needs mom.

And it can devastate a marriage.

Thankfully, God brought my husband and me through those nearly impossible first few years while Silas was in and out of the hospital with no guarantee of his survival.

And he continued to sustain us through even more years of therapy, hospital visits, and medical tests.

And now we have a happy marriage, a healthy boy, and hearts full of gratitude for all God’s done for us.

But I never want to forget where we were.

The depths God delivered us out of.

The despair that would have overwhelmed us if God hadn’t been our strength and our support.

Writing Beauty from Ashes was one way to remind myself of those difficulties God brought us through. It’s not strictly autobiographical, but the baby in this novel went through a very similar traumatic birth experience as Silas did, and all the health issues — including that night in the hospital when I truly thought we were going to lose our baby — are based on the trials we went through when Silas was young.

I wrote Beauty from Ashes because we all need to be reminded every now and then that even though life can be impossibly hard, even though there’s no guarantee our children will grow up and love Christ and make good choices with their lives or even survive until adulthood at all, God is good, and he will sustain us through all the trials we have to endure.

I think that’s why Beauty from Ashes resonates so much with Christian readers hungry for more than a simple story with a happily-ever-after ending, like these readers:

“…by far some of the best Christian fiction I’ve read.” Amy L, author

” … a story that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.” ~ Jaime Hampton, award-winning author of Malnourished

“I didn’t think it was possible that the author could write any better than she already does … This is a book I will never forget … She writes with realism and doesn’t pull any punches … Every time I read a book from this author, my faith grows.” Deana at Texas Bookaholic

I hope you’ll take a chance to grab your own copy of Beauty from Ashes today, and don’t forget to watch the video and enter to win the $100 gift card to christianbooks.com.

Because Christian fiction should encourage, edify, and inspire.

And because God is big enough to carry all our burdens.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review–Beauty from Ashes”

  1. I love to read and this sounds like a very interesting book. Our son spent the first three months of his life in the hospital nicu . To this day he takes extra care even though he’s six years old but we love him dearly. God blessed us with a special bundle of energy and smiles

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