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Fiction That Gives Hope

Jennifer Slattery writes fiction that’s entertaining and keeps me turning the pages but at the same time manages to teach me about God’s grace and challenges me to reach out to those around me who are hurting.

    Restoring Love is a follow-up to Jennifer’s first novel, Beyond I Do. Restoring Love shows us what happens to Ainsley’s mom, Angela several years after the events in the first book. Angela is a woman who has made lots of mistakes in her life and had stopped believing her own life could be redeemed until she sees the grace and forgiveness her daughter shows her. As Angela moves on to find a new start, God opens doors for her to show that same grace to Bianca, a struggling mom who lives across the street. With her husband in jail, a rebellious teenage daughter and two challenging young sons, her life is in crisis.

Will Angela be able to give Bianca the same kind of help she herself once desperately needed? And what about Mitch? Why has God allowed this man into her life? Why would any decent man be interested in her ever again? With her history of promiscuity, abortion and manipulation of others, she feels unworthy of love. This story makes me wonder how many people around me are hurting in ways I can’t imagine and who around me needs a word of encouragement or for someone to be willing to give sacrificially. Restoring Love is a love story, a redemption story, a story of hope, a challenge to forgive and a picture of what Jesus meant when He said others would know His followers by their love.

If you want a book that goes beyond being escapist fiction and has the potential to change lives, I highly recommend Restoring Love.

And don’t forget to read Ainsley’s story in Beyond I Do!

Find more about Jennifer Slattery and her other books here:

Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

Jennifer on Amazon

 

 

 

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What About “Beyond I Do”?

I want to recommend a great read by Jennifer Slattery. This is her debut novel.

     Beyond I Do is an engaging story that kept me turning the pages until the end. There are several story lines that are interesting and the author did a great job of weaving them together and resolving each one. It is easy to relate to the characters and their struggles from the desire to make the right decision about marriage to struggling with a parent who is ill to dealing with parents who still wound your heart. Ainsley is a Christian who is growing in her desire to serve God and learning about making the wise choice. She is feeling drawn to ministry to the homeless but feels trapped in her current life. It speaks to the idea of being more concerned about a wedding than a marriage and asks the question of what happens “beyond I do”? As a Christian, I enjoyed reading about someone who talks to God and reads the Bible as I do yet is also shown to be a real person who struggles like we all do with anger, unforgiveness and doubt. If you are engaged but having doubts about marriage, if you are planning a wedding, if you have a parent who has Alzheimer’s, if you are struggling with a parent who has let you down or who tries to control you, I think you would relate to this story but since we all face moments of indecision, pain, unforgiveness and being let down it is a great story for all. And it has romance!

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-I-Do-Jennifer-Slattery/dp/1596694173

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