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Until Forever (Women of Prayer) Perfect Paperback – January 25, 2011
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-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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Several years pass and Jessi decides to pull the plug and let Ethan die. She has become even more bitter than before, and even her Aunt Merry, a woman of deep faith, cannot convince her to surrender her problems to God. Meanwhile, Mark has been undergoing some changes of his own while in prison. Befriended by the prison Chaplin, he becomes a Christian and embarks on a brand new life as a believer. The biggest surprise that takes place during this time is that Jessi has had another child - a girl named Olivia, who is also Mark's daughter. Apparently she was pregnant when the accident happened and no one knew. I had to wonder where the infant was while she was spending every waking moment at her son's bedside before he died. That aside, the story moves forward when Mark gets released from prison. For me, this is where the story really begins.
The tables have turned as far as the reader's sympathies go. Mark is a genuinely changed man, where as Jessi has become, quite understandably, even more anxious and unforgiving. Little by little, however, through the prayers of Aunt Merry, Mark and others, Jessi begins to soften.Read more ›
A compelling story. Be ready to laugh and cry...and be moved. Highly recommended...
I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, but this was a quick and enjoyable read. I truly believe God can help us through the most difficult times in our lives and that prayers are answered. I admired Jessi for her ability to forgive-- I know that's what we're supposed to do, but I'm not sure I would be able to forgive something like this. There were a few Inconsistencies in the story that I noticed. For example, Olivia's eyes are described as being dark blue and then later are referred to as green. Chapter 31 starts off stating the Christmas Eve pageant went off without a hitch and the next sentence says one of the angels fell on the stairs and landed on his noggin and everyone laughed. I also wondered about Aunt Merry and her prayer group. The way they met and then retreated to their own personal prayer closet just seemed a little odd to me, but maybe that's how some people do it.
I did like the message of forgiveness, the love God has for us, and His ability to help people change. Great messages for all of us.
What does it truly mean to love another person? How can we forgive what seems unforgiveable? What are our relationships built upon? These are the core questions that Darlene addresses in this book. Throughout the story, Jessi's aunt demonstrates the power of prayer and faith as she not only prays for healing, but acts out the kind of love and forgiveness that she talks about. The story is compelling, emotional, and captivating. The Christian message is clearly shared in an everyday language. I enjoyed learning what it means to truly love someone Until Forever.
Kristi Burchfiel, author of Without Regrets and The Daily Devotional Series
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well done. Fair approach to both Amish and English lifestyles.Published 13 days ago by Joy Blythe
Until Forever was such an emotionally powerful book. It reached my heart in places I had thought were dealt with long ago! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very honest portrayal of working through pain, forgiveness and redemption.Published 3 months ago by Melissa Crabtree
Excellent novel of love, compassion and forgiveness. I really liked the fact that they became a family again. It was a lovely read.Published 4 months ago by Debbie S
I thought it was pretty wordy and some what over explanatory. I'd have to say it was unpredictable though. I really fell in love with Merry and Olivia.Published 5 months ago by Michelle