I had a hard time getting into this book. I have been blessed in the fact that I have never had a major personal loss in my life so I've never had to recover from that. I have never been thrown into the bottom of a deep, dark pit and had to scratch and claw my way back to the light. So while I am very grateful for that, it made it hard for me to connect with Audrey in the book.
Audrey has lost her husband of many years and is now struggling with any reason to live. In an effort to find herself again she goes on a cross country trip to a place she and her husband always said they would go and never did. In the process she meets people that help her and people that she helps. She reconnects with old friends and makes new ones. She misses Tom and is able to say good-bye finally. It is a beautiful story of finding hope in a dark place. It is written in a diary style that was a little hard to get into at the beginning but then becomes natural as we go. I saw another reviewer say that this book really helped them let go of a divorce they went through. I hadn't thought of it that way, but I could see this book being a real healing for people post divorce as well.
I will be doing a drawing for a copy of "Tender Grace" and if you would like to be entered please leave a comment and tell me what you need to heal from or if you know someone that would benefit from this book. I will enter you in the drawing - Good luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have also spoken nationally and internationally at many retreats and seminars and enjoy running into many readers and former students. I have written frequently for both Christian Standard and Lookout, periodicals of Standard Publishing. Years ago I wrote two non-fiction books, published by College Press, but currently out of print. These days, I’m exploring fiction. My first novel, Tender Grace, will be released by Bethany House January 30, 2009, and a second, Things Worth Remembering, will be released in October, 2009. I’m working on new projects, including a third novel, as time permits. Whether speaking or writing, I love the opportunity to tell about Him whom Jesus called “Holy Father” and “the only true God.”
She lives in Joplin, Missouri with her husband, and she spends most of her free time doing is reading and writing. That is what she usually do when she's not teaching, enjoying the children and grandchildren, or sitting on the back porch drinking a Diet Coke and watching her husband till the garden!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Audrey Eaton awakes at three in the morning and gets up to retrieve her husband, Tom, from the recliner where he has fallen asleep watching a ball game. But when she enters the living room and looks at his gentle face in the soft lamp light, she knows their time together is over. Grief attacks her until all she can think about is how much she wants her old life back. Determined to find healing, she embarks on a journey to the one place Tom and she always intended to visit but never did. Along the way, she discovers, through shared experiences with friends old and new, the meaning of the "tender graces" God provides each and every day.
I've quit reading--even bestsellers, even the newspaper, even my Bible. I've also quit listening to music. This lack of appreciation for things I once loved is beginning to define me. More mornings than I can count, I say to myself before I open my eyes, "I don't want to do this." In the days shortly following Tom's death, that made sense, but what does it mean now? That I'm in trouble? One of the best qualities of the former me was thankfulness. As I was trying to sleep last night, needing Tom to be curled up behind me, his left arm slung across me, I realized to my horror that I couldn't remember the last time I was truly thankful. I think of a line from an old hymn: "Awake, my soul, and sing." I miss Tom. I also miss me. Determined to find healing, Audrey Eaton embarks on a trip to the one place she and her husband always intended to visit but never did. When things don't go as planned, will she embrace the unexpected graces that guide her journey?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Tender Grace, go HERE