About the Book
Name of book: Beauty from Ashes
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Christian Women’s Lit
Release Date: July, 2017
A baby was never part of Tiff’s plans. Especially not a sick baby in a NICU, struggling for life on a ventilator.
As days in the hospital turn to weeks, Tiff grows more and more convinced that God is punishing her for turning her back on him so many years ago. Or is it possible he’s working in the midst of her daughter’s bleak prognosis to draw Tiff back to himself once more?
The Orchard Grove Christian Women’s Fiction books are standalone literary novels about real-life believers facing real-life struggles. You won’t meet perfect saints whose lives are faultless models of the Christian faith. Instead, you’ll meet a perfect God whose plans of redemption are far more glorious than what the mortal mind could ever imagine.
I have started this review many times.
I wanted to do this book justice and I do want to say that this book is very emotional and will have you crying.
There are sevveral things in the book that I can relate to.
First, the mother in law thing. I have one and she's a very big pain in my side!!
Nothing I do isn't good enough not even me for her son. She thinks he can do no wrong. And even how I went as far as dressing my son. She would change his outfit everytime he'd go for a visit. She didn't like what I put on him and it's been that way ever since and he's almost 16!
Two the foster care business. I wasn't in foster care but my parents took in many foster children. ( My was I ever jealous bc they paid more attention to them than me!)
I admire Tiff and all that she went through! I think she turned out all right in the end. I also believe that she got all the blessings.I also admired that she kept referring to that special person in her life. It's like she looked up to her or something.
My special person was my Mom and Grandmother.
All I can say is God bless Tiff and I believe He did! Even though sometimes she thought she couldn't see or feel them. I feel the same way sometimes.
This really wasn't my cup of tea, because I don't like present tense and seemed depressing at times. But, those are my preferences and how I related to the book so it might not be that way for you.
I apologize for the big letters but, I can't correct them. I have no idea what I did.
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About the Author
Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every
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“You better come in,” I told my husband. “The doctors don’t think he’s going to make it.”
Not the kind of conversation you want to have with anyone at one o’clock in the morning. I was spending the night at the hospital with our nine-month-old baby Silas and hadn’t left the hospital complex in days. Scott was home with our toddler trying to get some sleep.
And our son Silas was dying.
Raising a medically-fragile baby changed me like nothing else ever has. Thankfully, Silas pulled through that horrific evening, but that didn’t mean life was sugar and cream from then on.
As anyone with experience knows, it’s hard work being a special-needs mom.
And it can devastate a marriage.
Thankfully, God brought my husband and me through those nearly impossible first few years while Silas was in and out of the hospital with no guarantee of his survival.
And he continued to sustain us through even more years of therapy, hospital visits, and medical tests.
And now we have a happy marriage, a healthy boy, and hearts full of gratitude for all God’s done for us.
But I never want to forget where we were.
The depths God delivered us out of.
The despair that would have overwhelmed us if God hadn’t been our strength and our support.
Writing Beauty from Ashes was one way to remind myself of those difficulties God brought us through. It’s not strictly autobiographical, but the baby in this novel went through a very similar traumatic birth experience as Silas did, and all the health issues — including that night in the hospital when I truly thought we were going to lose our baby — are based on the trials we went through when Silas was young.
I wrote Beauty from Ashes because we all need to be reminded every now and then that even though life can be impossibly hard, even though there’s no guarantee our children will grow up and love Christ and make good choices with their lives or even survive until adulthood at all, God is good, and he will sustain us through all the trials we have to endure.
I think that’s why Beauty from Ashes resonates so much with Christian readers hungry for more than a simple story with a happily-ever-after ending, like these readers:
“…by far some of the best Christian fiction I’ve read.” Amy L, author
” … a story that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.” ~ Jaime Hampton, award-winning author of Malnourished
“I didn’t think it was possible that the author could write any better than she already does … This is a book I will never forget … She writes with realism and doesn’t pull any punches … Every time I read a book from this author, my faith grows.” Deana at Texas Bookaholic
I hope you’ll take a chance to grab your own copy of Beauty from Ashes today, and don’t forget to watch the video and enter to win the $100 gift card to christianbooks.com.
Because Christian fiction should encourage, edify, and inspire.
And because God is big enough to carry all our burdens.
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