Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson - REVIEWED

ABOUT THE BOOK: (from Baker Publishing)

Sometimes finding your future means making peace with your past

Patsy Milstrap wishes she could leave her past behind. Though she tries to put on a brave front for the sake of her family, the wounds still ache, and the scars on her soul are still deeply felt. At her concerned husband's gentle insistence, they take a vacation from South Carolina on Cedar Key, an idyllic island on Florida's Gulf Coast. A week in paradise will do them good, he says.

When a familiar--and most unexpected--face greets her at a seaside restaurant, Patsy knows she can no longer run from the past. But what will opening old wounds mean? And what will the future hold?
With a large helping of Southern charm, Waiting for Sunrise is a touching story of family, young love, and the need for forgiveness. Eva Marie Everson expertly draws out the bittersweet moments of life, weaving them into a tale that will envelop your soul.

My Thoughts:
This was a difficult book to read for me.  Some of the situations I relate to personally. Others, more indirectly.  Either way, Eva Marie Everson has boldly written a story that deals with some very difficult subjects, and, in the South anyway, some very "taboo" topics.  What breaks my heart, is that many folks I know have done just what Patsy did in the story - kept the lid on her emotions until she was very broken indeed.  She couldn't - wouldn't - share her pain.

BUT GOD is so much bigger than our messes folks!! So forgiving! So gracious! So merciful!! Read this story with courage and with faith that God alone can mend what has been broken in our lives.  And if that includes mental/emotional issues, don't turn your back on it! Seek help, seek counseling, and then live within the free abandon of Christ's love and forgiveness!!

This story contains many truths about the wonderful, and unexpected way God moves in all of our lives - through all of our messes.  Thanks Eva Marie Everson, for being courageous and bold enough to share this story!
About the Author:
  Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, and Chasing Sunsets. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club books and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.

1 comment:

Eva Marie Everson said...

Thank you so much for your comments. Yes, mental health issues are the taboo subjects, but it's time we drop the pretense, isn't it? Our brains, our minds, are functioning organs within imperfect bodies. Sometimes those organs break down. Sometimes life becomes too much. And, especially in the South, we square our soft shoulders and pretend they are made of steel. They are not. Eventually, we break. But, as you say, God is the divine healer. He puts those pieces back together again. Praise Him!

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Eva Marie Everson
Waiting for Sunrise