Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Desire by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley - Review

FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided.

Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?
For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got to give. But they both hope it's not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .
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This is book three in The Restoration Series. Click on book links to read my reviews on The Dance and The Promise.

About the Author:
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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and What Follows After. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

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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 and The Dance and The Promise with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.

I was blessed with The Desire by Revell's blogger program in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

My Thoughts:
I have read all the books in this series so far. Each one has touched my heart in a special way. This particular book was easy to read although at times very thought provoking. 

Alan and Michelle are dealing with infertility. Michelle is lacking support from friends and family and is also having a difficult time talking to Alan about it. Alan has taken a recent mission trip to Ethiopia in which he has seen the most abject poverty. His heart is heavy and he is feeling the burden deeply. Michelle mostly caught up in her own sorrow cannot seem to connect with Alan.

While Michelle is struggling, she gets involved in checking out a children's ministry study for her pastor's wife.  While doing so, God is also doing a work in her heart. As He changes her way of thinking, He also opens doors for the improbable to happen.  Of course... I don't want to give it away... So you will have to read the book. 

One thing I love about these authors is the pretty easy to read, lack of extreme minor detail to the book. Pretty much the authors are straight to the point, dealing with the matters at hand. This book is about healing - through total surrender to God. The concepts dealt with in the book are something we all need to hear - humility, loving God with all our heart and soul, putting Him first in our lives... and more.  Of course it also talks about infertility, the emotions women struggle with , the lack of support at times for their pain, adoption, and other options.  And the subject Dan and Gary are good at, this The Desire also deals with couples and their relationships, communication skills, and marriage issues. This book is so worth the read!!

I am of course eagerly awaiting the release of Book 4 - The Legacy next spring. And although this book is written to stand alone, I would highly recommend at some time that you read all the books in this series.

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