Jul 26, 2017

God Bless the Broken Road by Jennifer Dornbush

About the Book:

A novelization of the upcoming film from the director of God’s Not Dead, God Bless the Broken Road is a heartwarming story about a grieving army widow who finds her way back to her daughter, her faith, and a new love.

Amber Hill never imagined she would find herself a war widow and single mom. She feels robbed and is angry at God, and she doesn’t know how to help her nine-year-old daughter Bree through her grief. Where, Amber wonders, are the Sunday dinners, the picnics, the bike rides, the time together they should be enjoying as a family? Instead, Amber is left with a folded flag and an empty heart.

Cody Jackson has a death wish. Or at least that is what his manager thinks, as Cody pushes his race car and his luck in every race. Is he hiding something, or just daring God and other racers to end the path of destruction he finds himself on as he rounds the last turn? When Cody encourages Bree to join in a Derby car race for local youth, she finds a way to channel her grief into something good—and she likes that her mom and Cody are starting to become friends—or maybe something more.

Cody invites Amber and Bree to see him race, but as they watch Cody narrowly escape a devastating crash, she realizes she can’t lose another person in her life. It’s better to be alone than feel that type of grief again. But when Amber hits rock-bottom, she cries out to God and asks for help. With her faith, her life, her family, and her heart hanging in the balance, Amber is forced to decide between the broken road she knows so well and trusting that God will provide a new path.

Based on the Rascal Flatts song, God Bless the Broken Road is a moving, heart-stirring story about the power of faith to change a life.

My Thoughts:

Amber had a broken heart, and she reacted by retreating into a world of loneliness and fear.  She drove away all the people who desperately cared for her and her daughter Bree.

On the brink of losing everything, even her daughter, Amber must finally face some very difficult issues and make some hard decisions.  She had to make a choice to trust again, and rebuild some very wounded relationships. 

I love this story, and much of it resonated with my own heart.  Loss of a loved one is so difficult to deal with, and it is even harder when we isolate ourselves from the ones who care the most.

This is a fantastic story that I highly recommend, and I can't wait to see the movie based on this book.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Howard Books in exchange for my honest review.

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