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-Darlene Shortridge is the bestselling author of the contemporary Christian novels: Until Forever, Forever Blessed, Forever Loved, The Letter and The Perfect Gift. -She is a sought after speaker for women’s ministries, retreats, schools, writer’s groups and can often be found mentoring other authors online as well as through her consulting business. -Darlene loves to share knowledge (sometimes a little too much) and takes joy from seeing others succeed, whether professionally or personally. -She is the co-author and co-owner with her husband of 40 Day Publishing and selfpub101.com (an online self-publishing school). -Darlene enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering at her church, and traveling. She loves to cook for her husband (who loves to eat) and entertaining friends and family. -Vist her at DarleneShortridge.com as well as your favorite social media site.

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  • File Size: 3073 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DJDM Enterprises; 1 edition (July 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Q53ZWQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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-Darlene Shortridge is the bestselling author of the contemporary Christian novels: Until Forever, Forever Blessed, Forever Loved, The Letter and The Perfect Gift.
-She is a sought after speaker for women's ministries, retreats, schools, writer's groups and can often be found mentoring other authors online as well as through her consulting business.
-Darlene loves to share knowledge (sometimes a little too much) and takes joy from seeing others succeed, whether professionally or personally.
-She is the co-author and co-owner with her husband of 40 Day Publishing and selfpub101.com (an online self-publishing school).
-Darlene enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering at her church, and traveling. She loves to cook for her husband (who loves to eat) and entertaining friends and family.
-Vist her at DarleneShortridge.com as well as your favorite social media site.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2012
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Laney is on the run with her three children. She has finally managed to get away from her abusive husband Paul, at least for now, but she knows it's only a matter of time before he finds them. Laney runs to a friend from college, Sheila, who now operates a safe house for abused women. There Laney comes face to face with the power of God to work through even the difficulties of her life. Even as Laney is starting to feel more comfortable with the idea of God in her life, she knows that Paul is still out there somewhere and now strange things are beginning to happen to the people she now has in her life.

In Forever Blessed, Darlene Shortridge has woven a fascinating and exciting story that touches on a very real issue for many people. She takes the characters through several real and believable circumstances and is able to show how prayer and faith in Jesus are able to provide comfort in the midst of them. The story is captivating from beginning to end and she keeps the plot building and moving as you wonder how Laney is truly going to end up confronting her past. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this and I know that others will find it a wonderful and heart-wrenching read.

Kristi Burchfiel - Christian devotional author and speaker
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deb Knitter on August 28, 2012
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Forever Blessed, the second in the "Women of Faith" series by Darlene Shortridge, is a compelling book about women who are abused and the choices they make. As a survivor of abuse, this book is very realistic, and at times, very difficult to read because of the nature of abuse, the deep emotions it invokes and how real the characters are. It is also a story about God's forgiveness, His deep grace and His mercy. As a survivor of abuse, the only way forgiveness can happen is through the supernatural power of God. Accepting God's forgiveness helps us understand how to forgive others and through forgiveness, we are blessed. I would encourage you to read this book to gain insights into the lives of women who are abused. Another excellent book by Darlene Shortridge!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on August 28, 2012
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What happens in an abusive relationship? Does it touch just one person? Now what happens when they have children? Are the children immune? Messed up? Ms. Shortridge writes with a purpose. That purpose? Abuse is wrong. It hurts more than just the one on the receiving end. And yet, that doesn't have to be the end of the story. Because there is hope.

Taking her faith in God, her love for others, and purpose-driven characters, each with a story of their own, Ms. Shortridge weaves a fantastic, thought-provoking story that will make you tear up. It will challenge the way you think. And it will help you see that yes, there is purpose and life. Even after abuse.

This is life changing fiction that grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the satisfying end. Another great book by a very talented author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AudreyJean on September 26, 2012
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The story was good, but this really read more like a draft than a finished book. The major characters were well-developed; however, some of the minor characters who were in the story fairly often were really not fleshed out enough.

There were some typos and awkward sentences, and some of the dialogue was just plain cheesy. I also found some of the characters rather naive. I enjoyed this book, and it even has prompted me to make a prayer list for my unsaved loved ones, but I don't like it well enough to pay for any of the author's other books. I really think she needs to rewrite this, and probably the first one if it is anything like this one.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By FrancesG on September 9, 2012
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The book is well-written in general and most of the characters are fleshed out nicely. Some of the humor and situations are a little sappy, especially the pregnancy jokes, but for the most part the reader is drawn into the various characters' lives and feels concern for them. The author has done her research into abusive situations very well and has an understanding of both the victim and the abuser. The final epilogue is a wonderful touch and closes out the book very well, leaving the reader well-satisfied instead of wondering what might have happened to everyone.

I find fault with this book for several reasons - first of all the premise of police non-action is just plain unbelievable. You have a woman with a known abuser stalking her, and a shelter for abused women in the neighborhood and you dismiss major crimes as "just kids being hoodlums"? I don't wish to spoil the plot here, so I won't go into details, but I don't think given the circumstances the incidents that went on would go on a back burner dismissed as mere pranks.

The second is the author's seeming belief that "traditional" churches are bad, and that the only proper way to worship the Lord is with praise bands and powerpoint. I've seen this before in Christian literature and it gripes my constitution. Many, many main line churches who have traditional services are loving, caring, and do good things in the neighborhood. I cannot imagine any main line traditional church who would refuse to help a woman being abused, which is a major implication in this story.

The African-American characters almost border on stereotype, which is a concern. I don't think the author meant any harm, nor is she racist, but still I felt mildly offended and I'm white.

Finally, just too much happens in this book.
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