Monday, February 6, 2012

Reveiw: Healing the Faith by Michele Richard

Review: Healing the Faith by Michele Richard

IN A GLANCE: Michele Richard does it again! Healing the Faith is a touching and powerful story about overcoming fear, your past, and the feelings of inadequacy. Healing the Faith is a must read of 2012!

Title: Mocked By Faith Healing the Faith
Author: Michele Richard
Publisher: TWCS Publishing
ISBN #: 978-1-61213-072-9
Format: ARC Copy
Publication date: Feb 9, 2012
Pre-OrderThis: TWCS Publishing 

Just saying “I do” was only the beginning for Alexia and Justin McNear. Now when their lives, loves, and faith are left in turmoil, they will have to fight even harder to heal themselves and their faith. Can two people already struggling help heal the communities they call home? How do you rebuild after the loss of a child? After suffering a tragedy, are these two lost to each other forever? With all the church’s money missing, the hunt for the tyrant will take Mark, an exminister, Justin, and his twin cousins away from their secluded, gated community and into the real world while leaving their wives behind to pick up the pieces. Can Justin survive it again? Or will returning to the retreat that once abused him be his end? Alexia, Madison, and Ginger will need to be strong and independent with their men gone. Left to raise their child alone, Alexia will make decisions that will affect their marriage and lives. Will they be the right ones? Raised in a community where the men run everything, these three families will have to fight to survive the coming changes. The temptations run high in this sequel to Mocked by Faith, but hope is not lost, and they will learn how to heal their faith.

My Review: 

Healing the Faith is a magnificent installment for the next phase in this incredible series.  The characters are well developed through their experiences and their lives.  The turmoil throughout this book carried a duality of emotion that makes you want to cry one second and laugh the next.  There needs to be more books like this one, a book that makes you embrace their hardships and root for the characters to succeed in their journey to better themselves.  Michele Richard is an amazing author who brings these immense illustrations to life and delivers the story in book form to us!

The reader should be able to relate to these characters in Healing the Faith, making the book come to life before your eyes.  This is one reason I keep coming back to Richard’s books.  One major topic in this book that most of us can relate to is the feeling of inadequacy!  Sometimes this feeling creeps up on us and it is hard to shake that feeling that we are not good enough…  This is one primary concern between the two main characters and their journey to cope with this issue.

Time and time again, Alexia gets her poor heartbroken... In Healing the Faith it’s not any different; her heart is shredded to pieces when her husband takes off to fight one of his own dark demons.  She should of course support her husband’s need to battle for the churches’ money. But, instead she starts to feel like she is inadequate, this emotion makes her believe that she is not enough to keep her husband (Justin) at home and remain in love with her.

Justin fights against his haunting past and the curse of human nature in this tremendous book.  He goes off to search for this ‘minister’ who stole all the churches money and who is responsible for Justin hurtful and horrifying past.  Justin’s voyage is something he feels that he must do, so he goes off, leaving his wife and son at home to pick up the pieces.

In the first book Mocked by Faith Justin and Alexia get married and start their lives.  Now in Healing the Faith, it is about them taking the next steps in life, but we all misstep right? I love how in this book you see them both fight to keep it all together!  The books that show flawed characters are the best, because nobody is perfect and these two main characters are no exception to the rule.

I loved this book for how different it is; it was not all about their love, it was about each of them growing as people themselves, letting themselves love the other, and trusting themselves to be good enough for the other. 

It’s one of those books that from cover to cover you will be immersed in the characters lives and you will not want the book to end. I read Healing the Faith in about four hours, I could not stop reading and I know you all will feel the same way about it when you read Alexia’s and Justin’s journey through Healing the Faith!

My Recommendation: 

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who has read Mocked by Faith.  Its a perfect second book to this story.  As for age recommendation I would say anyone 18 and up for this great book! It's an adult contemporary book so I agree with the authors age recommendation on this one.

My Rating: 
Do you really have to ask... I give Healing the Faith a definite...

Plot: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
100 out of 100 = 5 Puppies

I cannot wait for more of this series and these great characters.  Michele Richard’s is a top notch author in my book and this spectacular book is already at the top of my best books of 2012 list!

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