Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What Follows After Book Review

SUMMARY:  In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.  And when they weren't, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.
     For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie.  While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they've actually been separated for over a year.  To keep up the charade, they've even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie - to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.
     Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan.  He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together.  But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.
     In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life - love, truth, and family.  With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we'll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.

REVIEW:  OH! MY! GOODNESS!!!  I'm going to be really honest here.  After reading the first eight chapters, I had to put the book down because I didn't think I could read any farther.  My two boys are about the ages of the boys in the book and my heart started breaking when I read the part where things start to go "terribly, terribly wrong."  After praying over it and giving it a day or so, I resolved to finish the book.  I am SO GLAD I did!!  Dan Walsh is an amazing author and made me feel like I was there in the background watching everything play out.  While I was still saddened about what had happened, I was encouraged to see how Gina and Scott were working together to find their boys and not blame each other.  The ending is also one to stick around for because, even though I had some idea of how the events would play out, I was not expecting the rest of the story.  This is an awesome book, one everyone needs to check out.

This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion, as well as The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley.  He has won three Carol awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year (2011-2013).  Dan lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.  Visit for more.

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