Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Redeeming Grace by Ward Tanneberg

When I saw Ward Tanneberg's name, I had to read this book! Quite a while back, I read a trilogy of his:
September Strike, Pursuit, and October's Child. I actually just let my family borrow them to read a few months ago. From his past books, I knew I would like Redeeming Grace, I just didn't know how much! 

Grace Nicole Grafton and her two best friends, Ilene and BJ, were graduating with their Master's degrees in about three more days. They went out on the town to have a nice time together and celebrate out in the hot Savannah, Georgia climate. When they very least expected it, they would up with the most "amazing" offer! While I was reading my mind was screaming at them to back out, turn this down, but instead, like real like the events just kept moving forward. Grace's friends talk her into it, it was just too good to refuse and Grace needed to live a little.... right? 

Now Grace, aka Taylor, has been in hiding for seven long years. Seven years running and hiding all because of that one night that drastically changed her life, and forever altered the lives of several people who were dear to her. It wasn't even her fault, but now her life has been totaled. She has run, been one of the most scared, and yet one of the most brave women to fight for her life! She has felt like God has left her, and yet, she knows He is with her and has a plan for her life. Grace has been through a whole lot more than just high water. She carries so much pain, and guilt, and while we wish she wouldn't, we can see why she has been! 

Grace is a fighter, and stronger than most. Faced with the most awful trauma she has manged, though barely, to keep her wits. She has found herself in the snare of the fowler, a snare run by some of his more evil henchmen. Fleeing from those with unspeakable power, Grace is just one insignificant feeling person who is now faced with monumental challenges that make her past almost seem easy. Her past has caught up to her, because until our pasts are healed or dealt with, they are still with us and sometimes, just sometimes, they can be dangerous to ourselves and to others. She has followed where God has led, even while unsure if it is God that is leading her. She has made connections, while trying to avoid being connected. Now, in her darkest hours, Grace is about to find out what it really means to have been granted redeeming grace. A grace and a path that can save those she loves the most now, her fiance' and his two children, and her best friend.

Filled with strong characters  and a tiny tie back to October's Child (unless I got that wrong), Redeeming Grace is well worth reading. It isn't just a story about survival, pain, death, corruption, greed, lust, forgiveness, love, healing, growing and seeing God move, but it is also a wake up call and a warning to some of the events that are around us that can so easily pass us by if we aren't watchful.

I am so glad I got to read this new book by Ward Tanneberg!
Carol :) 

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Redeeming Grace
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas;
1st edition (February 28, 2013)
Ward Tanneberg

Ward Tanneberg is a pastor/writer/novelist who has given more than 50 years to evangelism, youth, college and pastoral ministry, including two Pacific Northwest churches and 23 years as the senior pastor at Valley Christian Center in Dublin, CA. In 2008, he was named President/Executive Director of The CASA Network. Ward speaks extensively at 50+ retreats and ministry leadership events in the USA and elsewhere. When at home he meets weekly with a group of business and professional leaders. He and Dixie have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and a great grandson.

Seven years ago, Grace Grafton died in a boating accident while partying on the Georgia, South Carolina coast. Was her death the result of alcohol and drugs or something more sinister? Nobody knows: her body was never recovered. Now years later, a woman reads in disbelief the note addressed to her: Hello Grace, did you think we wouldn't find you?

Those nine chilling words end Grafton's self-imposed sanctuary of witness protection. Now she and everyone she loves are in grave danger. Long believed dead, she has a secret that can change the world. She knows the man running for president is guilty of a double murder! But who will believe her?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Redeeming Grace, go HERE.

The book link is: 


Unknown said...

Hello Carol.
Thank you for your encouraging review of my newest novel, Redeeming Grace. Like Grace, her story has been hidden away in broken fragments in my files for several years. I thought she might never be found out. But as she herself declared at the end of her story, she's not Savannah's "best kept secret" anymore.
Thanks again for taking time out to read and review.

Carol E. Keen said...

Dear Mr. Tanneberg,

Thank you so much for your comment! I am very glad that Grace's story stopped being broken files and fragments and that all the pieces came together! You did a wonderful job helping her not be Savannah's "best kept secret" anymore! Thank you for putting this together for us!
Carol :)

Unknown said...

If you've not done so yet, I would be grateful for a post of your review on Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks.

Carol E. Keen said...

Dear Mr. Tanneberg,
Ah! But of course! :) It is posted at Amazon now.(See, that "You have not because you ask not" works! "Ask, and you shall receive!")
Thank you for asking me to post it there! (I haven't joined Goodreads, but I can.)

Carol :)