Tuesday, September 10, 2013
THE PROMISE by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley
For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through two coffee shops and the library, using their wi-fi to search for a job on the internet. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage and it looks like the legacy that began with his father is still at work, slowly destroying the bond between Tom and Jean. Can their mutual trust--and love--be restored?
Combining the literary talents of Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of Gary Smalley, The Restoration Series pulls back the curtain of a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness.
First off I have to say I wasn't crazy about these characters at first, they were so frustrating! Jean needs a backbone and Tom should have to stand in a corner until he realizes just what a mess he has made. I wonder if people really do this kind of thing, Tom lost his job and is keeping it a secret but he pretends to go to work every day. Jeans knows something is wrong but has no clue what and she's afraid to talk to him about it, he's not the most loving man, but she too is harboring a secret.
Their relationship shows just what a lack of communication (and lack of other things) can do to a marriage, but also shows how God can heal even the worst of marriages. I found this to be a true to life story of the power of forgiveness. These amazingly talented writers have done it again. Be sure and read the first book in the series, it's just as good!
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.