Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Promise of Morning

By: Ann Shorey

This is book two in the At Home in Beldon Grove series. In this story we are introduced to Ellie Craig who is a preacher's wife living in small town Beldon Grove Illinois. She is married to Matthew Craig who is the pastor of Beldon Grove's only small church. Ellie is dealing with the loss of three children and is starting to feel alone even though she has an aunt and uncle, other children and even her husband. When a stranger arrives in town their lives are turned upside down when he challenges Matthew for the pastoral position. As the rift grows between Ellie and her family and between Matthew and the towns people we see how these two characters must find their Faith in God and learn to trust in him. We also see how God can take any situation and work it out for his good.

I think that this is a wonderful story of forgiveness and trust. It shows that no matter what choices we make God can turn them around and us them to his glory. This was a beautifully written story with a lot of twists and turns. I liked the fact that it portrayed the pastor and his family as real people with real problems. I think that some people feel that because someone is a pastor that their lives are perfect and they don't have a worry in the world. It also shows how even pastors can have a weakness in faith and what plan God has for them.

Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Ann Shorey said...

Hi Shonda, Thank you for the great review of The Promise of Morning. I'm so pleased you liked the story!
Ann said...

Although I love Ann Shorey, I found that "A Promise of Morning" to be emotionally difficult.

Being a Pastor’s wife myself, I find myself overly sensitive to the depiction of Pastors and their families. I did not enjoy the character of Pastor Matthew and did not like how he was such a “bull in a china shelf” and created judgements of others so quickly.

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