Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Healing Sands A Sullivan Crisp Novel By Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn

Returning to the States after a year in Africa photographing boy soldiers, Ryan takes a position at a local newspaper in order to be near her estranged sons. She is sent to cover a racially motivated hate crime and is shocked to discover her own teenage son is the prime suspect. Can a boy change that much in a year or is there more to this story? As she digs for the truth, she struggles more and more with her own anger issues until she decides to seek help at the Healing Choices clinic. There she meets Sully Crisp, an effective but nontraditional counselor. He tries to help Ryan find the answers she needs, even as he struggles with his own quest for justice.

Part of a series, Healing Sands is co- written by an author and a Christian counselor. The premise intrigued me. Combining counseling principles within a great story could work, if it was done well. Honestly, I was very surprised at how well it is done here. The story is intriguing, the characters are real. It is not preachy and could be enjoyed by Christians and non- Christians alike, while still being God honoring and honest in the portrayal of these characters faith. The story itself was interesting, the twists and turns believable. I would like to read more of the books in the Sullivan Crisp series and will definitely recommend this to friends.

Healing Sands is available directly from Thomas Nelson, as well as your favorite local or online bookstore.

*This book was provided to me at no cost by Thomas Nelson for review purposes.*

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