Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Desire ~ Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

  • Series: The Restoration Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721503

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. For Michele, it has become an obsession. But Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--saving orphans in Africa. As Michele researches their options for fertility treatments, she begins to resent Allen's divided attention. And yet, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. All it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .

With a keen eye toward the give-and-take of the marriage relationship, along with the ability to weave an engaging story, Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley show readers what it is to have godly desire and show selfless love. Fans will love this heartwarming story.

My take on this book:
While The Desire by Dan Walsh is part of The Restoration Series it can easily be read as a stand alone. That said I have read each book in the series and find that the author does a superb job at capturing the essence of real life struggles that we might face daily. With this book the topic is infertility. Michele and Allan have been trying to have a baby for over a year, and while her mother and Allan doesn't think it's a big deal that she hasn't gotten pregnant but it seems like forever to Michele because that is all she can think about. How will God answer Michele's longings to have a child of her own.

Oh what an interesting plot. The author grabbed my attention from the beginning as I felt Michele's longing as she stood in the park watching mother's with their children. When she has a conversation with a soon to be mother Christina I couldn't help but wonder just how this story might play out. We see one woman's struggle with infertility, but we also get an up close look at adoption and the difficult choices made. Once I started reading this book I had to know how things would work out for these characters. I find the spiritual messages woven into this book and the entire series for that matter to be uplifting without being overwhelming. I am certainly looking forward to the next book in this series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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