Redeemed by Grace

Redeemed by Grace
By Ramona Trevino and Roxane Salonen
Ignatius Press
Retail Price $17.95
Amazon Price: $15.20

Book Description: 

At age eight, Ramona Treviño climbed to the top of a roof and begged God to let her know he was real. After receiving a sign, she made a pact with herself to follow him always. But family difficulties and growing pains made it hard for her to continue on that path.

Pregnant at 16, she dropped out of high school and entered an abusive marriage, which ended in divorce. Wanting to make a difference and to help girls in similar tough situations, she accepted a job as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas. Over time, however, Ramona began to grapple with whether she was doing women more harm than good, setting her on a path to seek the truth, no matter where it might lead.

Realizing she could no longer refer women for abortions or provide them with false assurances of risk-free sex, Ramona took a leap of faith and left the financial security of her job. Her ultimate conversion involved a full return to the Catholic faith of her childhood and a new role as a pro-life advocate and speaker.

This compelling story tells of Ramona’s struggle to reconcile her identity as a daughter of God with a world that sends conflicting messages concerning the source of our dignity and happiness. It is the honest and heartfelt account of a woman who, with the help of grace, strove to overcome the wounds of her own past while becoming an agent of healing for others.

Review

This book was inspirational.  Within its pages the author shares her life…the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She has a way of connecting with the reader and getting directly to the heart of the matter.  She is deeply insightful, helping you to examine your own life and encouraging you to take the steps to living life to its fullest.  This was a powerful, interesting, exciting and life giving book that has helped me to better understand God, his love and grace.

~Reviewed by Deb O.

    Return to Exile

    Product DetailsReturn to Exile
    By Lynne Gentry
    Howard Books
    Retail Price:  $14.98
    Amazon Price: $12.55

    Book Description:  How far would you go to save the ones you love?

    Six years ago, impossible circumstances forced Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to leave behind the love of her life, not just in another country, but in another time. Her work as a top-notch epidemiologist and parenting her little girl helps alleviate the pain, but at night when her exhausted head hits the pillow, images of her beloved Cyprian haunt her sleep.

    Cyprian Thascius returns from political exile a broken man. He’s lost his faith, the love of his life, and his purpose. He attempts to move on, to face the danger that is looming over Carthage, but when Cyprian’s true love suddenly reappears, his heart becomes as imperiled as the fledgling church he seeks to save.

    Have the years that kept Lisbeth and Cyprian apart created too wide a chasm to bridge? In the midst of a new epidemic and rising oppression, will their love be the most costly fatality? Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, this spellbinding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of The Carthage Chronicles.

    Review

    Let me start by saying that this is the second book in The Carthage Chronicles and I highly recommend reading Book 1 before you move on to this one.  But even if you don’t, you will still find this an exciting, compelling read.  This book takes you back in time with Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to 3rd century Rome, an era where it cost something to be a Christian.  Since the author writes in a true-to-life style, some of the descriptions are a bit hard to absorb, but they do make you grateful for living in this time when we are free to express our faith.  This exciting book uniquely pairs time travel and an inspirational love story to create an adventure well worth taking.  It is a very intriguing and emotional read.

    ~Reviewed by Allie B.