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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 May 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

NOTE: I read and reviewed this book in June of 2015. Ms. Maddrey has given the series new covers (aren’t they lovely!) and they are on sale today and tomorrow. (Faith Departed is free, Hope Deferred and Love Defined are $0.99)

 https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/review-blitz-week-hope-deferred/

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

 

THE BLURB

Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they’re desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage.

Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

Book two in the Christian Women’s Fiction series, Hope Deferred continues the journey begun in Faith Departed. Get your copy today to walk along side these sisters and their husbands as they struggle to find a way to joy.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat—and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Hope Deferred, Elizabeth Maddrey,  Remnants, Faith Departed, Love Defined

#elizabethmaddrey, #hopedeferred, #infertility, #adoption, #longingfulfilled

 

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* I’ve fallen behind on some of my reviews. So this week I’m playing a bit of catch up. ENJOY!

 

BOOK REVIEW – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

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~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 ~

 

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

 

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

 

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

 

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat – and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

 

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

 

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

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About the author:

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

#elizabethmaddrey, #hopedeferred, #infertility, #adoption, #longingfulfilled

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The Problem with Pain

 

The problem with pain is that it

hurts. That’s just what the prob

lem is. And it’s subversive, it sneaks up on you and calls itself something else and always overstays its welc ome. It says it’s ok, you’ll get

used to it. You won’t mind after a

while, and you don’t. You treat

pain like a welcome guest in

your home only this is

your body.

And it hurts and you don’t even know

it’s there anymore. It just trolls through you and strikes out

at you and you catch your breath. And take a pill or

a shot. And we wrap our wounds in gauze

like a mummy. And part of us dies. And pain, it

laughs at you because we said it was ok for it to

stay. It slows us down and says we hurt too

bad to do that. But we really wa

nted to do that. And now we’re sad too. Cause Sad an

d Pain are friends. And we realize that life has slipped by and all the things we wanted and all the drea

ms we dreamed and all the goals we set have vanished. And we can never get them back. And Pain know

s this. And laughs because this was th

e plan. To keep

me, to hold

me back

from what I was

meant to do. From wh

at I was created

to do.

What I was put here

to do.

But guess what?

Guess what Pain?

I say go away.

I say you can’t stay.

GO AWAY!!!

YOU CANNOT STAY!!!

And Pain, it knows that it must listen to me. Because

I speak with authority.

But it doesn’t go quietly.

It doesn’t go peaceably.

It goes kicking and screaming and clawing. Even i

ts exit hurts.

But it goes.

It leaves my body and my life.

And now my dreams and goals and all the things I ever wanted in my life can be.

I can do the things I could not do before.

I can be who I could not be with this demon attached to me.

For I am free. I can be me. I can be who I was created to be.

 

© Robin E. Mason

18 April 2009

 

 

In case you haven’t noticed or figured it out, I am a Christian. A Christian who believes in Divine healing. I’ve taken my share of aspirin and naproxen sodium [can’t take ibuprophen] and I’ve taken my share of heavy duty Rx meds, including an injection every two weeks. And an antidepressant for two years. I needed it, I availed myself of the miracle of medical science. And yes, I said miracle. A hundred years ago, things we take for granted now would have been considered a miracle. If I’m not mistaken, penicillin was called a miracle drug when it was first invented. Let me be clear, I am not averse to taking medication when needed.

 

I also believe in the Healing Balm of Gilead, a Biblical reference to the healing Blood of Jesus. [that’s my understanding of it anyway] I’ve experienced Divine healing before. Healing that had no natural explanation. Migraines. I used to get them. Then, suddenly, I didn’t. I was diagnosed with a certain disease, and while on the phone with the doctor’s office confirming the lab reports, Holy Spirit spoke in my other ear [the image of this memory is vivid to me to this day] asking me, “Whose report do you believe.” I did not have that disease after all. I know because I never suffered the symptoms of it.

 

Not all Divine healing is so instantaneous, however. To wit, I was born with misaligned knees. I’m now 56 years old. I have literally lived with this problem with every step I’ve ever taken. When I was an adolescent, the issue began to be evident. I had surgery at age 17. [with the proviso that further surgery would be necessary.] And then, the whole shebang on the other knee. Life happened. To date, I’ve not had another surgery on either knee. Rather, I learned to compensate. Bad strategy. Now my whole body is out of alignment. Add to this, a couple of tumbles down the stairs, and a couple of [minor-ish] wrecks.

 

Yeah, I’m a wreck. Physically speaking.

 

Now, throw in a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. And that’s where I’m at today. And THAT is what is “kicking and screaming and clawing” as it leaves. Because it IS leaving my body.

 

And OH! When that day comes, and it will come, that I no longer host this disease in my body, that day when my knees are perfectly aligned and no longer in pain, what a GLORIOUS day that will be.

 

Why must it take so long? I can’t answer that; indeed, I ask Father the same darn thing! In tears some days. But I know what His Word says. And I believe His Word above all else. So this is my “pre” testimony of my healing. I’ve put myself in the proverbial hot seat. What if it doesn’t happen? It will. You watch and see.

 

 

#painandhealing, #Divinehealing, #badknees, #arthritis, #hopedeferred, #balmofgilead, #miracle, #FORWARD

 

 

 

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