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If you could change places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Chris is a wonderful minister. I am a little bit impressed by his dynamic preaching style. I struggled with shyness myself as a young person but unlike Chris, I was absolutely terrified of speaking in public. My brothers were involved in dramatic arts and starred in all sorts of plays throughout high school and college; the closest I came to the drama club was ushering and working the hat check booth. In college I took a public speaking course and learned to overcome a bit of that fear. As an adult I was asked to fill in as a last minute substitute in a church play and discovered I actually liked acting. Now teaching and speaking publicly is a regular part of my job, and one I actually enjoy. But I lack Chris’s powerful presentation skills and doubt I could preach like he does. It would be nice for a day to have that gift and be able to present like that.
I appreciate the gentle way Chris helps people. He doesn’t come off too strongly. He isn’t pushy about his faith. He just lives it out in front of others, and then as he comes to their aid they want what he has. I aspire to that kind of faith-walk. I am afraid I haven’t learned to control my temper quite as well as Chris has, and my flair-ups probably get in the way of my testimony sometimes. Then when others challenge my faith, I tend to be combative rather than allowing others to be where they are. I think Chris is more accepting of others and allows them to find God at their own pace. If I could get inside his head for a day, maybe he would rub off on me and help me learn to be a better Christian.
About The Author
Julia works at a nearby university as a learning technologist, where she provides assistance and professional development to faculty on online course development and instructional technology. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in learning technologies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading inspirational romance and mystery stories, sewing, and cooking.
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New Mercies by Julia Colquitt Allen
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: December 20, 2014
Format: Paperback - 228 pages
Kindle - 648 KB
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Juniper Grove Book Solutions.
New minister Chris Tanner is dynamic from the pulpit but painfully shy one-on-one. He is touched by the plight of this young woman and her sick child and vows to do anything he can to help her. As he gets to know her he finds his own courage growing from her strength.
The two soon become close friends, perhaps more than friends. But no good could ever come from a relationship between a divorced woman and a minister; especially in a town as gossip-ridden as Meadowbrook. Could it?
My Book Review:
New Mercies is a wonderful contemporary Christian Romance story that will tug at the heartstrings. Author Julia Colquitt Allen weaves an uplifting tale that follows the story of newly divorced and single mom Delores "Dodie" Hansen, who returns to her hometown of Meadowbrook after he ex-husband abandons her because he couldn't deal with the news that their two year old son Danny was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. As Dodie struggles to come to terms with her rebuilding a life for herself and her son, Chris Tanner, the town's shy new Minister, befriends the young mother and despite the petty gossip of nosy church members, they overcome obstacles and their friendship slowly blossoms into a romantic relationship.
The author easily draws the reader into Dodie and Chris' story, you can't help but feel compassion and hope for as this couple struggles to deal with their pasts and finding their place in life. While Dodie struggles with her recent divorce and her son's diagnosis, Chris is struggling to find his place in his new ministry position, and as a couple their budding relationship struggles under the gossip from the town's nosy busybodies. You can't help but cheer Dodie and Chris on, and hope that their faith will strengthen their bond and help them overcome the obstacles together, so that they can get a chance of finding love. This is a inspirational story of forgiveness, faith, and personal growth, that will stir the reader's soul.
New Mercies is a touching romantic story that is enjoyable and heartwarming, it will put put a smile on your face.
RATING: 5 STARS
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