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From the Author

The idea for this story sat in the back of my mind for some time before it came to fruition.

A few years ago, when one of my uncles was dying from congestive heart failure, I sent out an e-mail requesting prayer for the family, particularly his wife and children as they faced his last days, as well as his mother. One of the recipients of that e-mail sent back a message that offered criticism instead of prayer - the fact these people needed prayer proved what selfish, sinful creatures we human beings are.


Thankfully, my faith was strong enough for me to recognize the profound absurdity of such an accusation. As time passed, I couldn't forget what that individual said though. Then I started to wonder - what might have been the outcome if I hadn't known enough scripture and been secure enough in my faith to dismiss such an accusation? What kind of damage could that person have done to my walk with Christ because of such thoughtlessness? Thus this story was born.


Grief is a normal part of loss. NEVER let anyone tell you otherwise. As Wes explained to Terry, we aren't to grieve as the nations grieve, as though there is no hope. We grieve the separation and loss while at the same time clinging to the hope we have found through Christ. Don't let anyone strip that away from you, no matter how well-meaning they may be. Grieve when you must. God will send comfort.

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Terry is beyond hope. Or so she believes. Disabled by an injury and dismissed by the medical profession, she has become a burden to her family. Or so she thinks. Her husband carries responsibilities that once were hers. Her grown sons no longer need her. Her 13-year-old daughter walks in shoes she shouldn't need to. All Terry can do is pray it will finally end, but God doesn't seem to be listening.

Then she receives an unexpected answer to prayer....
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478165154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478165156
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,738,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dawn loves to write romance, suspense, women's fiction, and fantasy with a Christian worldview. She took first place in the Contemporary Romance category, as well as winning the Grand Prize, in the 2011 Writers on the Storm Category Five Writing Contest. She lives in the high desert of Southern Arizona with her husband of over 20 years and a variety of furry and feathered critters. She enjoys photography, crochet, scrapbooking, spinning her own yarn from wool and alpaca, and lots and lots of reading.

Find her on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DawnMTurner.author - she loves to chat with fans.

You can also read more about her and her work on her blog - http://everythingingodstime.blogspot.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily A. Roesly on September 2, 2012
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Beyond Hope is a real page turner. I finished it in two days because I just couldn't put it down! The story flows seamlessly and captures your interest right from the start. Dawn Turner used skillful character development to make you feel like you're one of the family. It involves you emotionally and I'll admit it made me cry in a few places. I would highly recommend this story of recovery and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SQ Eads on July 14, 2012
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Beyond Hope by Dawn Turner is a well-written read with characters that grab you in the first few pages. You'll be hooked and want to know how their story ends. Dawn has skillfully dealt with the issue of grief and given great, scriptural references revealing God's way of dealing with the situation.
And I always love a happy ending - our hope is in the Lord.
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More like 4.5 stars.

This story started out sad, but ended up on a healing note. I enjoyed that about it. How can you not like a novel that deals with restoration? There were a lot of nuggets of wisdom in this book about relationships, forgiveness, and the healing power of healthy grieving. Oh, and the inspiring theme about dealing with your fears was great, too. I really connected with the characters in the process of going through the fire with them. The husband was a good guy and very patient with his wife. It inspired me that he believed her when she talked about her pain. He never gave up and it paid off in the end.

If you enjoy reading well-written novels involving dogs, horses, and issues with family and God healing relationships, you'll love this book. It was honest and heartfelt, and I really enjoyed it once I got past the depressing beginning. Plus, it was pretty cool that it was set in the area of Arizona where I live. Nevertheless, it hit close to home with my family situation growing up, so it was difficult for me at first.
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There is far more going on in Dawn Turner's "Beyond Hope" than immediately meets the eye. At first glance it appears to be a story of personal and family tragedy; Terry has physically and emotionally withdrawn from everyone following a crippling fall from her horse, and her family struggles to adapt. Her husband Wes hides out at work. Her children react in different ways, some positive, others not. This is a realistic depiction of how deeply one person's pain can affect others.

But there is hope for Terry and her family as circumstances force her to first confront her physical wounds, then dig deeper and face her emotional and spiritual wounds. I won't provide any spoilers, but there are very profound messages here regarding grieving, forgiveness, the ability of our words to wound or heal, and the power of love. Don't read this book as simple entertainment. It has a strong message for your heart.
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By JennR on April 28, 2015
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I enjoyed this book very much. Your characters came right off the page!
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