Monday, April 20, 2015

The Legacy by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley - REVIEWED

About the Book:
One young man is about to discover the true cost of independence
For years, Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. His friend Christina hopes what she is seeing online isn't true. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up. 

Just as things begin to settle down a bit, Doug's life takes a turn that requires every bit of faith and patience for both his family and Christina--whose growing feelings for Doug, a man who writes her off as not worth his time, keep her off balance. Will Doug's crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?

My Thoughts:
I think it’s fair to say the legacy of the Anderson family is heading in a totally different direction now…” (p. 322)

The Legacy is the fourth book in The Restoration Series, and seems to bring the Anderson family full circle.  Having read only this particular book, it is evident that I am unable to appreciate the significance of everything that transpires by the conclusion of the novel, but what I do know is that God does indeed work all things for our good and His glory – on HIS timetable.  It is evident by the character development in this novel that  each member of the Anderson family had major issue to overcome.  Singly, the issues were difficult, but in a family dynamic, it was only God’s grace and mercy that kept everyone and everything from falling to pieces entirely.

I can also testify that the principles represented in the lives of the Anderson family  - the transforming power of God’s love and mercy – are realistically portrayed.  This family has traversed some seriously difficulties over the course of years, and the challenges left in their wake are real.  This series will appeal to a wide audience, and will encourage many to wait on the Lord in the midst of harsh trials.

I have to be honest…sometimes things are tied up too neatly for my taste, but perhaps that is my own reality talking! J  I will now have to go in search of the rest of the series!  Happy reading!  This is a series I am glad to recommend!

About the Authors:
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The DanceThe Promise, and The Desire with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists forRT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.

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