Author Guest Post
A Lot Like Eve
By Kathy Harris
And when the woman saw that the tree was for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. ~ Genesis 3:6 KJV
"I didn't eat that apple, so what am I being punished?"
Is there a woman in the modern world who hasn't made such an offhanded remark on occasion? It usually brings a smile or a "you got that right" from the other women in the room. Myself included.
And, if you are like me, you've often pondered how one woman's sin could affect the rest of us so dearly. How one afternoon snack - chosen from the wrong tree - could have so much impact several millennia later.
When we look back on Eve's decision, it's difficult to understand why she knowingly went against God's instruction. I mean, hey, if God told you or me not to do something, we wouldn't do it. Right?
Well, therein lies the point. Upon closer inspection, we're all a lot like Eve.
Anytime we rebel against God, or His laws, aren't we taking a bite from that same apple? Each time we step out on our own, instead of waiting for God's direction, we're heading down a road that will surely lead to "knowledge." But it may be something we really don't care to learn. The school of hard knocks can teach us a lot, but it can leave us with bumps and bruises and maybe a few lifelong scars.
Life is full of decisions. Sometimes we make the wrong one. In The Road To Mercy, Bethany Harrison must live with a choice she made years ago. One she now regrets. One that could destroy her marriage. One for which she's never forgiven herself.
The Good News is that despite our mistakes - no matter what they are - God will welcome us back with open arms. And just like Eve - or Bethany, we can find redemption through His mercy.
About The Author
She worked her way to becoming a member of the Operations Management Team, eventually heading up the company’s public relations and marketing department. A lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as a book agent for Oak Ridge Boys’ vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe, subsequently, published three books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & Lillie.
For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote (as well as ghost wrote) news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, Walk On Water, which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy’s writing is also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks, Mom.
An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kathy lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog at www.DivineDetour.com.
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The Road To Mercy Book Trailer
Have you ever dared to hope you could find God's forgiveness?
Even when you can't forgive yourself?
The Road To Mercy by Kathy Harris
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback - 320 pages / Kindle - 1232 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Christian Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Josh Harrison is taking the Gospel message to thousands of people every night, but his personal faith has never been fully tested until his wife Bethany suffers a deadly brain dissection and the devastating illness leaves her and their unborn child on the brink of eternity—with guilt from Bethany’s past threatening to push her over the edge.
Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth’s carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she’s pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.
During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.
My Book Review:
Have you ever dared to believe you could find God's forgiveness, even when you can't forgive yourself?
In The Road To Mercy, tragedy, love and secrets meet on a journey of faith.
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Written in the third person narrative, author Kathy Harris weaves a thoughtful story of three people who learn to deal with their past choices through a variety of challenges and tests to the strength of their faith, while learning to put their trust and faith in God's hands to guide them. Everyone goes through trying times in their lives, but if you put your trust and faith in God and hand your troubles over to him, his guiding hands will get you through the storm.
The author creates a wonderful cast of characters who are realistic and easy for the reader to relate to. You can't help but feel for Dr. Ben Abrams and Josh and Bethany Harrison as they struggle with the pain and suffering from the choices, secrets and betrayals that they've made in their lives. The author masterfully interweaves their stories, and engages the reader to follow along with them as they make a transition in faith that will lead them to acceptance and redemption.
Rich in detail and vivid descriptions with a storyline that alternates between the past and present time, and with engaging dialogues and interactions, the author weaves a powerful and compelling story that will give you pause to ponder about your faith and choices made in your life, it is a story that will resonate within your heart and soul for a very long time.
The Road To Mercy is author Kathy Harris' debut novel. It is an amazing story that provides a lesson and loving message to open your heart and place your faith and trust in the power of God's grace to help you work through your problems, for when you have God in your life, all things are possible.
RATING: 5 STARS *****