Monday, October 21, 2013

The Grace that Leads Us Home

After reading What Once Was Lost, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on its prequel, The Grace That Leads Us Home.

This eShort claims new territory for Kim Vogel Sawyer. She had never before written a book of any size specifically for eReaders. It is my hope that she will continue to explore this venue to provide more inside looks into the characters that don’t get quite as much attention in the full-sized novels she releases.

In a time when an $18.00 debt was insurmountable, Oscar Deaton perishes, leaving his wife to repay a loan she knew nothing about. Atop that, she also has to raise their two young children. Times are tough and jobs are scarcely available. Will widow Alice Deaton find employment in time to pay the month’s rent and the loan looming over her? If she does find a position, will it pay enough to feed and clothe her children in the harsh winter months? Or will she have to resort to begging for her children’s supper?

My heart broke in two when Alice wondered, in chapter one, “How would she and the children survive without Oscar?” I’ve seen hard times before and relied on God to provide for my family, so I well understood the desperate place Alice found herself in. When you’re down and out, you face difficult decisions you never thought you’d have to make in your life. It’s times like those when we find out what we’re really made of. Do we have the courage to carry on when the outcome looks bleak? Do we have the strength to follow the instructions of Ephesians 6:13? “Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.” (ASV, emphasis mine)

It is my prayer for each of you to obtain the courage and faith it takes to stand firm when all else fails. May God be with you and your families during times of plenty and seasons of struggle.

The Grace That Leads Us Home is now available for your eReaders. Here is the link to purchase it on Amazon. Haven’t discovered Kim Vogel Sawyer yet? Learn more about this woman’s stories of hope at her website.

Tell us about a time in your life when all your attempts failed but God provided for your needs. What did you learn through that process?


I'm also a guest on Meghan Gorecki's Every Good Word blog today. Will I see you there?

4 comments:

  1. Great book review, Andrea. :) I've been pretty blessed to physically generally have all I've needed--food, clothing, shelter, all that. But I can think of some pretty emotionally empty times here and there throughout the years...and every time God was faithful to stick it out with me, work through those ugly moments and restore and refresh me. He's just awesome like that. :)

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    1. Yes, Melissa, He is. :) His faithfulness when I feel so dried out and used up astounds me... and renews me... every single time. Your comments always bring a smile to my face. Thanks, once again, for stopping by.

      Blessings to you!

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  2. Hi Andrea! I found your blog from Every Good Word and decided to stop by. :)

    Great review! God has provided for my needs when I've felt lost and He's helped me through difficult times in my life. He's amazing. :)

    www.coversandink.blogspot.com

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    1. Jillian, thanks for stopping by! It's always a thrill when a new reader discovers my blog. I hope you feel welcome here and find some inspiration.

      You are absolutely right. God is amazing. I'm glad you've learned to lean on God in the hard times. That, very often, is a super challenging thing to do. But it's always worth it.

      Blessings!
      Andrea

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