After two years of failed conception, Michele and Allen have set their minds in two different directions; Michele is desperate to have a baby, while Allen insists upon spending their time and money on orphans in Africa. Michele begins to research fertility options and treatm... Read More
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Page Count: 336
Released: 09/2014open to it.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 25, 2014
- UPC: 9780800721503
- Height: 0
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- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 325
- Publish Date: Sep 2, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC027020"
- ISBN: 0800721500
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 9/19/2014
n The Desire we return to River Oaks, Florida where the Anderson family lives. This time the story is focused on Allan and Michele. For a little over a year they have been trying to have a baby, but nothing is happening. As each month passes Michele becomes more and more despondent and resentful towards others that seem to neglect their children. She desperately needs her husband's support and attention but his heart and mind keep turning to the needy children in Africa. They desperately need to find a common ground in their marriage.
A new character is introduced in this book. Her name is Christina and she is a young pregnant single mother needing to make a choice about her baby. She is paired with Marilyn at the pregnancy care center where Marilyn is a mentor. Before long the whole Anderson family has taken Christina not only into their home, but into their hearts as well.
The Desire looks at adoption from several different angles. You get to see the struggles and the triumphs that surround the families involved in the adoption process. The premise of the story is beautiful.
I am a fan of Dan Walsh's writing and I love Gary Smalley's work, my marriage has benefited from it immensely. Having said that, I must also say that this book and this series are not my favorites. Is it a good read? I'd have to say yes. It's just not a great read. I got the same feeling as when a movie does a blatant product placement in the middle of an intense scene. It just doesn't work very smoothly. Again, I am a fan of both of these men and I will continue to read and learn from their work.
Book four in the series comes out next spring. Will I read the book? Yes, because the stories told in this series are worthy of being read even if they are not my favorites from these particular authors.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Thought Provoking! Worth the Read by Seasons of Grace on 9/13/2014
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.
I was blessed with The Desire by Revell's blogger program in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
- Terrific Read! by Sally on 9/8/2014
I've read each of the books in this series, and although I think that's the best way to enjoy the Anderson family saga, this Christian fiction could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. It covers some sticky subjects: adoption, unwed pregnancy, and infertility. And it covers them with finesse.
Christians often want to know just how to find God's will. Many feel that it's a fuzzy road to travel. I really liked chapter 33 when Allan and Michele discuss how they spent their day--each separately seeking God's direction, and yet, each coming up with the same answer. The writer nailed it when he showed us step by step how its done!
I also liked the character Christina, a pregnant, unwed teen. She has a tough decision to make, and I feel she made the best choice.
I think most will benefit by reading this novel.
Thank you to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy.