Hi friends, and welcome to my stop on the Celebrate Lit blog tour for Alana Terry’s book Beauty for Ashes!
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About the Book, Beauty for Ashes
Name of book: Beauty from Ashes
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Christian Women’s Lit
Release Date: July 7, 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.
Let me start by saying that Alana Terry is an amazing writer. Her first person prose in this novel is exceptional, and never once did I feel she stepped out of character or showed too much omniscience. She did an amazing job of limiting herself to Tiff’s perspective, and her way with words made reading this book a delight…. even though the book itself was pretty depressing.
And that leads me to what I didn’t really enjoy about this book. It was almost all “ashes”! I kept waiting and waiting for the beauty, knowing and believing it was coming not only because of the title but because I know God! But when things finally started to turn around, the book ended! Had I been reading a paperback instead of a complimentary electronic copy from Celebrate Lit, I might actually have thrown it across the room when it was suddenly over! I don’t want to give any spoilers, but when a spiritual shift takes place and then a major circumstantial problem changes, I was so excited because I wanted to see how Tiff’s perspective on everything changed! I had walked with her through so many ashes, I wanted to be there with her for the beauty!!! There were so many conversations that still needed to happen! So many realizations she needed to have! And for me, it wasn’t enough to know they were going to happen or imagine how they would play out. I wanted to be there reading every single one of them so when the book ended, I wanted to cry!
I’m not sorry I read this book. I just wanted so much more. I will absolutely read more by this author because I love her style. I love her multicultural characters and the passion that comes through on every page for hurting and broken people. But, oh, I hope she doesn’t rip my heart out by ending so abruptly too many more times. I don’t know if I can take it!
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About the Author
Guest Post from Alana Terry
“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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