Thursday, November 14, 2013

To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Julia Whittaker's rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.

Julia and Matt Whittaker's son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds---and his liver---crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a "living liver" transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon's time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.

But can Julia ask a young woman---someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with---to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she's never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters' lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she's probably embarking on a fool's errand---searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.

Buy your copy HERE!!

My Thoughts:
I’ve messed up enough to learn that God redeems our post when we trust Him with our future.”  (Julia to Destiny)

The words Julia spoke to Destiny that day are pretty “prophetic” when you consider the many twists and turns that rip through the lives of the characters in Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel’s novel To Know You.  Choices have consequences and each and every character in this novel  experiences the direct result of someone else’s choices – good and bad.  The ONLY place that our choices can be redeemed is through the precious blood of Jesus. 

Julia knows this, Destiny denies it, Luke is discovering it, Chloe knows it minimally, and EVERYONE in the story must come face to face with this truth in one way or another.  Their journey is one that will take you on such unexpected, sometimes unpleasant, always amazing twists and turns your heart will be a bit exhausted by the time you reach the final pages.  Yes, it is a story filled with drama – LOTS of drama – but it is real drama.  By real, I mean it is familiar and something you have either experienced or know about indirectly.  

You will know beyond a doubt the effect choices have in a wide circle of life, and that God’s grace and mercy gives you the strength to go forward and walk out redemption no matter the consequences.  Not easy. Not always pleasant, but ALWAYS worth it!

I HIGHLY recommend this book!  It contains profound truth that everyone needs to grasp.  

About the Authors:
Shannon Ethridge is a best-selling author, speaker, and certified life coach with a master's degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to college students and adults since 1989 and is the author of 21 books, including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman's Battle series. She is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs and mentors aspiring writers and speakers through her BLAST Program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers & Teachers.)

Learn more about Shannon HERE.

Kathryn Mackel is a best-selling author and acclaimed screenwriter for Disney and Fox. She was on the screenwriting team for Left Behind: The Movie, and Frank Peretti's Hangman's Curse. She is the acclaimed author of "The Surrogate", "The Departed", and "The Hidden" and resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.

Learn more about Kathryn HERE.

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