Aug 15, 2012

Prayers of a Stranger by Davis Bunn

While visiting the Holy Land, Amanda answers the prayers of a stranger…and begins an amazing Christmas journey.

Amanda Vance is ambivalent about her husband’s idea for a big family holiday up north. She had planned a special Christmas in their own home, carefully preparing a nursery and the keepsake ornaments for their newborn. Now that room stands as empty as her heart.

Then a neighbor’s mishap turns into a last-minute chance for Amanda to take a much-needed vacation to tour the Holy Land. At the urging of her husband, Amanda agrees to go.

An extraordinary turn of events allows Amanda to help answer a young mother’s plea for a healing. Filled with a sense of awe, Amanda visits the place of Jesus’ birth. There, she discovers anew the miracle of the Christ child—God incarnate as a tiny, vulnerable baby.

Her return to Florida marks a momentous shift in her soul and in her marriage as she begins to realize that her journey didn’t end in the Holy Land. And that God doesn’t just answer the prayers of strangers…but also those of her heart.

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Title: Prayers of a Stranger
SubTitle: A Christmas Story
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: September 11, 2012
ISBN: 9780849944888

Prayers of a Stranger grasped my attention and took me along on a journey to the Holy Land, somewhere I have always wanted to go. Sometimes it amazes me how a fictional novel can reach into the hidden places within my own heart.

Amanda has experienced the most devastating loss and she has never truly recovered. After her baby was stillborn, she withdrew from everything ... her family, her career, and her ability to love. When her elderly neighbour needs a last minute companion on a trip to the Holy Land, Amanda reluctantly agrees to go along.

Amanda wasn't expecting any miracles, but she met a stranger who had been praying for a miracle of her own. A young woman was devastated as she watched her two year old daughter Rochele fight a curious disease her entire life, and a diagnosis still wasn't certain.

Through her own medical background, Amanda was able to help the suffering child, and in the process, her own healing began. She saw how other mothers faced things and strangely enough, this helped her own broken heart begin to heal.

Prayers of a Stranger is another fascinating story written by Davis Bunn, one of my favourite authors. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Thomas Nelson, in exchange for my honest review.

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