Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sweet Sanctuary Book Review

Sweet Sanctuary

By Sheila Walsh and Cindy Coloma
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description
"Without the storm, how would we know the sweetness of shelter?" -Ruth
Out of the clear blue, Wren’s Grandma Ruth arrives on her doorstep, dreaming of a grand party to celebrate her 95th birthday. Wren and her young son Charlie love the idea, but it quickly gets complicated: Ruth wants Wren’s estranged siblings to attend and she wants Wren to sing her all-time favorite song: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” It’s the very song Wren sang one fateful day during her childhood . . . and Wren hasn’t sung a note since.
Though she’s glad to have Grandma back in her life, Wren’s sleeping on the couch in her own house now . . . and worried about the expenses piling up. After all, her job at the community library is in jeopardy after budget cuts, and the fancy music program she wants for her son is getting farther and farther out of reach. What’s more, Paul—the guy she's drawn to yet avoids—ends up being a major part of an important library project.
With family arriving and old wounds resurfacing, Wren’s about to fly when she discovers something special—a gift of grace beyond her wildest dreams.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a very encouraging story about a woman struggling with finding a balance in her life.  On one hand she loves her son with all her heart and soul, but should she be allowed to love someone else?  What could possibly happen?  With every decision she struggled to make, she tried to look at all possible scenerios and how to steer the course in the safest direction as possible.   While reading all of this, there is an underlying dark family secret that is slowly revealed all the way through the book.  I think that kept me reading constantly because I couldn't figure out exactly what happened.  The author did a great job hiding the family secret from me. 

Since this is from this title is from the Women of Faith series of fiction books, there is a lot of reference back to biblical passages and constant reminder to rely on God for strength and guidance in all the important decisions you are making.  If you do not believe, then you may not enjoy this title. 

I have to say this title earned 4 out of 5 stars from this reader.  I had a hard time putting it down after I started reading.  I would definitely recommend this title to anyone.

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