By Gary Morland, “A Family Shaped by Grace” is one of those books that intersperses wisdom with anecdotes. There’s a lot to absorb here, but it is worth it. The author bares his soul on the pages. He shares his hard-won lessons, and the readers can profit from his mistakes.
It seems as though he spoiled his family relationships, but with God’s help, and because God changed him by the Holy Spirit, Gary was able to mend the rifts and set his family upon a better path.
He uses the metaphor of “river” in his sections titled: Your River, The Momentum-Gathering River, and, Your Family River. He speaks to the importance of family, goals, rocky moments, tactics, tools, peace, acceptance, roles, being a gracious model, releasing things into God’s almighty hand, grace, and legacy.
Much food for thought! Thanks, Gary! This couldn’t have been an easy journey.
The Gracious woman blog is written by me, Susan Karsten. I am happy to announce that my first novel, “A Match for Melissa”, has been published! It was released to the public on July 7, and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or on my publisher’s website: Pelicanbookgroup.com
Here’s an excerpt from a recent review:
“A Match for Melissa” is a Regency romance. My acquaintance with this genre is limited so I looked it up. To be a real Regency the novel must be set in early 19th century Britain and have a very defined style. A Regency novel will transport the reader back two hundred years so we know how the characters dressed, what their homes looked like and how they socialized. We see a world with clearly defined social classes, morality, manners and conversation.
The author did her homework. “A Match for Melissa” is chockfull of details on life in rural England and upper class London. The characters are delightful. Unless they are bad. (The bad ones are really wonderfully bad.) Melissa is an intelligent woman with an independent bent to her nature who still functions inside the strict rules of protocol for her class. Her father, also independent, but with greater latitude and freedom than a woman, is in charge not only of the family fortune but also the choice of Melissa’s future husband. Much of the tension comes from wondering when Melissa will be able to be matched with the man she really loves.
Plenty of minor characters add flavor and fun and dimension—the English dressmaker who affects (badly) a French accent, an ancient butler, and a competing suitor. The author has a gentle wit and a passionate, unashamed faith. “A Match for Melissa” is my first Regency from this author but Lord willing it won’t be my last!
So, please give my book a look! Thanks, Susan Karsten