Pieces of Granite by Brenda S. Anderson – Book Review

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Pieces of Granite by Brenda S. Anderson – Book Review

Pieces of Granite

by Brenda S. Anderson

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Series: Coming Home #0.5
Published by Vivant Press
Publication Date November 16, 2014
Genres: Christian Fiction
Setting: Minnesota Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 24-35, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 357

Synopsis:

(Coming Home Series Prequel)
A distressing diagnosis A retreating husband A prodigal brother
Debbie Verhoeven is not your typical woman:
*She sacrificed a counseling career to be a full-time mother *She’d rather pound a nail than round steak *Oprah? No way! Give her ESPN any day *Nothing could be more stressful than scrapbooking
Nothing, except …
a distressing diagnosis, a husband who is pulling away, and two older brothers who refuse to get along
When the counselor is caught in the middle, when she needs to be strong for those around her, who is left to be strong for her?

I would like to thank Brenda S. Anderson for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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Oh, my heart!!

Now that I’m finished reading Pieces of Granite, the tears that I had successfully kept at bay have broken loose and are trickling down my face.

I knew that this would be a difficult book just from reading the synopsis and yet I still had to read it. It was everything I expected and so very much more!

Clearly, the news that your unborn baby has Down syndrome is enough to challenge anyone. Add to that the stress of a husband whose past has him emotionally withdrawing from you and the baby and you have a recipe for such pain. And then when Debbie’s brother, the one she had always looked up to, gives her the advice he did – she almost broke.

My heart went out to Debbie. As the middle child, the one who always had to be strong, always had to be the peacemaker, always had to pick up the broken pieces – all without complaining – she was just moments away from shattering with the new burdens placed on her fragile shoulders. While I wanted to yell at her to just say no, I knew why she wouldn’t. And why she wore the mask she did.

The “God Walks” Debbie took her daughter on were such a great idea, as was the garden path she created. The reminders of how we experience God and that He is present in all our senses were so well done.

I love how Brenda Anderson made Ricky, Debbie’s big brother, so loveable before she showed what a reprobate he was. In doing so, I cared deeply for him and wanted so badly for him to reform. Sadly, while there were signs of the beginnings of a heart change for him, his story is yet to be told. (Though, because Pieces of Granite is a re-release I can tell you the secret that his book is already released.)

Jerry and Debbie have to learn to place their hope on the firm foundation of Jesus because all others will simply crumble away. The faith message is strong and poignant.

Pieces of Granite is a beautiful story of second chances and redemption. While uncomfortable at times, it is amazing and wonderful and worth every squirm. This series is not to be missed!

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About Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30-plus years and one sassy cat.

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