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Grace in Strange Disguise (Volume 1) Paperback – September 8, 2017
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Trix Wilkins (author/editor) - This book is about 'The Question' - what life is about and what is most important. In-depth wrestling with hard questions that have even harder answers. The exploration of complex ideas in plain conversations that one can actually imagine taking place.
Robby Butler - Inspiring and moving ... this book will stir you to reflect deeply about your faith and relationship with God. Yet it is an easy and enjoyable read - I read it in one sitting.
Joy Mor - This book tackles difficult issues in a positive and thought provoking way ... leaves you longing for the next book. It vividly and realistically shows the characters experiences, and their consequential growth and development.
Jane Conoulty - If you have ever grappled with the big questions of life, 'Why does God allow suffering? Do I deserve to be forgiven? What is the true God really like?' this book is for you. With a gripping story-line and excellent theology this book is a 'must' read.
Ruth France (pastor's wife) - Made me think how I could share Jesus with others in a meaningful, practical and intelligent way. Challenged my thoughts on the place of healing in the life of a Christian and explored what it looks like to follow Jesus.
Marilyn S. (missionary) - Esther seemed to have life together- a secure job, doting boyfriend and meaning to life. Then life started to crumble ... book of hope ... it brings perspective to pain whether the pain is in the body or heart. The hope and help for Esther comes from unexpected sources.
About the Author
Christine Dillon was born in Australia but grew up in Asia. She now works in Taiwan as a Bible storyteller. Her book 'Telling the Gospel Through Story' was voted 2013 Outreach Magazine's Resource of the Year in Evangelism and continues to inspire innovative and engaging Bible storytelling. Believing in the beauty and power of story prompted her jump into fiction. Grace in Strange Disguise was runner-up in the Athanatos Christian Writing Contest. Christine loves reading and keeps sane by cycling, swimming and hiking. www.storytellerchristine.com
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This book has a strong Christian message with extended sections that deal with the topic, "Does God always heal? What does God promise?" I believe Dillon handles the topic well, but readers who don't like strong Christian content may find it preachy.
In Christine Dillon’s debut novel, she tackles these questions with grace and grit. Her response goes beyond our sometimes painful present to impact lives for eternity.
Esther Macdonald seems to have it all: a fulfilling career, an attractive fiancé, and a respected role at her dad’s megachurch. But then she’s diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just weeks before her wedding.
When she’s not miraculously healed before her mastectomy, she hurls questions at her Creator. “Did God even care? Or did he sit up there and move the chess pieces where he wanted, regardless of the pain it caused?”
Then a cleaning lady’s comment causes Esther to question everything her dad teaches. She searches the Scriptures for herself and begins a fresh journey with the Jesus of the Bible.
But this new understanding drives a wedge between Esther and her dad, her fiancé, and even her church. Will she have the courage to follow in her Savior’s footsteps, no matter the cost?
Grace in Strange Disguise gripped me from the prologue to the resolution. With real emotion, powerful prose, and thought-provoking storytelling, the pages passed by with pleasure. As I’ve seen in my life and that of my loved ones, God’s grace often does come in strange disguise.
But what I liked most about Dillon’s story is how it’s inspiring me on my mission to become a wiser soul-winner. I’m waiting with eager anticipation to read the next installment in Esther Macdonald’s story.
I would recommend this novel to people who are suffering and Christians who are longing to become bolder evangelists.
The novel centres around a young lady (Esther) who has everything in life (family, church, fiancé...) going well for her until she's confronted with a serious illness. It's a make-or-break situation that unravels her future, family, and even her faith... And it's around her faith that this book takes us on a journey. A journey that involves a whole cast of characters -each with their own story (and who like to tell stories!).
I found this to be a well-written story that cleverly weaves in many other stories. Stories about: serious illness and deep friendships; personal faith and false religion; superficial and the profound. I enjoyed the characters and could relate to them and (some of) their experiences. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster at times because some of the stories were especially hard-hitting with their realistic pain. The Aussie setting was both delightfully distinct, and yet also unobtrusive as it didn't impact understanding of the story. There were also loads of vivid imagery with words and phrases that succinctly captured the emotion, mood or setting.
One significant thing I loved about this book was that it taught me about spirituality in a practical manner. It not only verbalised many reasons people don't believe in God, but taught me how to give clear responses for my faith by using the words of the characters. In fact, there were many stories-within-stories (like the Russian Babushka dolls!) as characters modelled how to share stories from the Bible and from the impact Jesus makes to their lives.
I can easily recommend this book to many people as I feel it would be both easily digested and benefit a variety of my friends -both male and female. If I gave it to my neighbour across the fence then it'd lead to some great discussions about faith. I feel I could even send a copy to my family members who are openly hostile to Jesus. I'm going to warmly recommend it to my friends at church to help encourage, strengthen and help them in their spiritual journey in Jesus. (And of course, my Christian fiction loving sister is an obvious choice as well.)
I've enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the continuation of Esther's story. For in some ways, I feel that it could well be me walking that difficult path of faith in tough times.
(Finally I must add a comment about the typesetting: it was brilliant. I've read many, many ebooks and most are poorly adapted to the digital format. But this the typesetting (layout, formatting, design) on this ebook was fantastic. Worth an extra star just for this!)