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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Healing Promises (Multnomah Publishers - April 15, 2008)


Amy Wallace is the author of Ransomed Dreams, a homeschool mom, and a self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several
books, including God Answers Moms’ Prayers and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.


Facing a new threat. When FBI Agent Clint Rollins takes a bullet during a standoff, it might just save his life. But not even the ugly things he’s seen during his years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit could prepare him for the overwhelming powerlessness of hospital tests revealing an unexpected diagnosis. If only Sara weren’t retreating into doctor mode…he needs his wife now more than ever.

Frozen in fear.
Sara Rollins is an oncologist with a mission–beating cancer when she can, easing her patients’ suffering at the very least. Now the life of her tall Texan husband is at stake. She never let the odds steal her hope before, but in this case, the question of God’s healing promises is personal. Can she hold on to the truth she claimed to believe?

Faith under fire.

As Clint continues to track down a serial kidnapper despite his illness, former investigations haunt his nightmares, pushing him beyond solving the case into risking his life and career. Clint struggles to believe God is still the God of miracles. Especially when he needs not one, but two. Everything in his life is reduced to one all-important question: Can God be trusted? If you would
like to read the first chapter, go HERE. HERE is more information about the book.


I truly had a hard time putting Healing Promises down. This novel offers a compelling plot and strong, real characters who wrestle with real-life issues involving work, God, relationships, and the dreaded C-word: cancer. While I enjoyed the suspenseful plot, the chapters that described Clint and Sara's challenges with Clint's cancer almost engaged me more. I learned things about cancer I didn't know before, which is surprising since I've lost several grandparents to that disease. Facing an uncertain future, Clint and Sara do not respond with saccharine-sweet answers. Their doubts, fears, and unanswered questions depict the very real world we live in and forced me to probe my own heart as to how I would respond if faced with their scenario.

The sensitive topic of a serial killer going after children might be intimidating those who are squeamish, but Amy handles this scenario well, never pushing the envelope on the violence. And the bad guy does get what's coming to him at the end. At the same time, this novel is not for youth.

This was a terrific and meticulously researched multi-layered read. I love the way Amy wove several plot threads together into a complex but accessible read. (I personally prefer complex plots over simple ones.) Her research into the FBI is also stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I walked away from the book with a biblical challenge as well. Can we trust and praise God in spite of difficult circumstances? "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord." With all the right ingredients, Healing Promises makes Amy an author to watch since book three in her Defenders of Hope series comes out next spring.

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing review, Adam!

    Thank you so much for reading Healing Promises and capturing the heart of the story in your take on the book.

    God gives and takes away...blessed be His name.