Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Promise of Morning

The Promise of Morning, Ann Shorey
Entwined with tragedy and heartache this is an endearing story of a journey of faith and ultimate courage. Faced with the heartache no mother wants to imagine, the loss of not one child but multiple children, Ellie must decide where faith and hope abide. Does God care? Is he always there and unfailing, and if so how could such tragedy be his thoughts of peace and an expected end - - - what could the good thing be in this shattering of a mother’s heart? As I read this I imagined waking to find that my own two year old has become ill, then watching as she slowly slips away. I felt the gut-wrenching agony and an overwhelming grief at the mere thought of never being able to smell that sweet baby scent or to hold her close. Ellie must decide to fall headlong into Father God’s arms. The thread of God’s redeaming love ties this story together. It speaks to the truth that heartache is often God’s invitation to know him on a more intimate level. He takes our heartache and weaves a stunning tapestry of grace and beauty in our lives when tears turn to faith, and courage to love. A captivating story of a journey to ultimate love and restored joy and peace.

Thank you Revell a division of Baker Publishing House for providing this free review copy.


  1. Thank you, Abbie, for the thoughtful review. I appreciate you interest.

  2. Although I love Ann Shorey, I found that "A Promise of Morning" to be emotionally difficult.

    Being a Pastor’s wife myself, I find myself overly sensitive to the depiction of Pastors and their families. I did not enjoy the character of Pastor Matthew and did not like how he was such a “bull in a china shelf” and created judgements of others so quickly.

    If you're interested, I have more to say on my site at