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Morningsong: A Novel by [Beach, Shelly]
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The highly-anticipated follow-up to the Christy Award-winning Hallie's Heart!

A terrifying accident on the shores of Lake Michigan has shattered Mona's life and left her with disabling injuries. With the threat of lifelong disability looming over her and her doctor's uncertain prognosis on her mind, Mona doesn't know if she can pick up the pieces.

Just when she thinks things couldn't get worse, trouble comes looking for Mona again. And trouble's name is Hallie. A brewing family storm and Hallie's hidden fears are the last thing Mona wants to deal with. But can she turn away her sister? Even as the dark clouds continue to roll in, a hope waits for both of them--if only they can catch their breath long enough to find it.

"Morningsong is a beautifully written story of real people, living painful, joyful, complicated lives… This realistic portrayal of how messy our lives sometimes become shows readers how to find hope in the midst of loss, how to love the unlovable, how to forgive after trust is broken, and how to find God's strength when we've reached the end of our own. I loved it!"--Lynn Austin, author of Until We Reach Home

About the Author

Shelly Beach is an award-winning author of eight books, including the Christy Award–winning Hallie’s Heart and ECPA book of the year nominee, Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers. She is a national speaker, delivering a message of hope to thousands of women each year, and writes to an audience of approximately two million readers each month on Caring.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1216 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 24, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GUEVWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I loved this follow-up to Shelly Beach's first novel, Hallie's Heart. As Mona is still recovering from her accident, her niece Hallie comes to her for help. Mona tries to ignore and even hide her own health problems and help her family and reconcile relationships. It is a powerful book about dealing with painful, complicated lives. It demonstrates forgiveness, hope, and fully relying on God and His strength.
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After Mona VanderMolen comes out of her coma from an accident in Lake Michigan where the water pulled her under and kept bashing her against the rocks. Most times she can't remember things and then she has these terrible headaches. She has an antique store that she tries to run with the help of a seventy five year old man Harold and a lady named Elsie who are always trying to help her.
Then there is her sister Ellen who is always drunk trying to raise a teen age daughter Hallie or is Hallie the one taking care of her mother.
Mona had a friend Adam that loves her but will she realize his love for her just the way she is. Mona has got where she tries to walk every morning but hate her neighbor's broken down cat that had been in the dryer when it was turned on. The cat has never done anything to her except sit in the window every morning as she is walking. Can she ever get to where she can ignore her physical problem in order to help her sister and niece.
As Hallie tries to get her life together and her mother is in the hospital unconscious Hallie decides that she is not going to take care of her drunk mom any longer. While Ellen is released and she and her daughter move in with Harold as they have no where in town to go too, they begin to reconcile their lives.
This book was interesting as this mixed up family and their friends make the best of a bad situation. Really interesting and this is the first time I have read anything by this author.
This book was sent to me free from Kregel Publications in order for me to review.
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Morningsong by Shelly Beach is the powerful follow-up to Hallie's Heart. You don't need to have read the previous book to love this one, but you will probably want to by the time you finish. Mona VanderMolen has been through a rough couple of years: two years ago her niece Stacie drowned in Lake Michigan and three months she herself was beaten by the waves onto rocks until she needed brain surgery and spent time in a coma. Recovery has been a difficult process that manifests in her scarred scalp peeking through her short spiky hair and her antagonism toward Miss Emily the cat. Miss Emily also walks off-kilter and her eyes don't seem to work right either. Throw into the mix an alcoholic sister, rebellious niece Hallie, and determined suitor, Adam. She tries to juggle everyone else's problems and ignore her own, but soon discovers that she can't manage any of it without God. I love how Beach gives every character an extra pinch of personality, even the police officer acts in unexpected ways without Beach telling us exactly why. Mona sums it up best when in her joy she says that her sister is perfect, Hallie is perfect, everyone is perfect and completely messed up at the same time. That's just how God sees us, and Beach makes his shine in this poignant novel.
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One subject with which I have trouble is differentiating between God's active will--those things He chooses to have happen to people and His permissive will--those things He allows to happen as a result of a sinful world. It is easy to say "God blessed me with this child" when you got pregnant after you were married, the first month you "tried". Did God also bless the 14 year old incest victim who just found out she is pregnant? Did God actively will both pregnancies? Neither? The first, but not the second? If He willed the second, does that mean He willed the rape? How much is God a puppet master, moving us around the stage of the world and how much is he a watchmaker, who put us all together, but then winds us up and lets us go?

If you are wondering where the book review is, it is coming. I wrote the above because it ran through my mind while reading Morningsong by Shelly Beach. It is the story of Mona, a 40ish single woman who recently suffered a traumatic brain injury in the same accident as claimed the life of her teenage niece. Until the accident Mona had been an independent athletic woman. Now she has balance and coordination problems, problems with math, and gets frequent headaches. She talks in the book about it being God's will that what she had before was taken from her so that God could give her more. I ask, does God operate that way?

The book is mainly about Mona's relationships with her niece, sister to the one who was lost. Hallie, the niece has been caring for Ellen, her alcoholic mom, since the accident, but then Ellen ends up in the hospital in an alcoholic coma. Hallie comes to live with Mona. Ellen goes to rehab. The story is also about Mona's relationship with Adam, the man in her life. Will she learn to accept his love?
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"I'm here, Lord, broken, asking for forgiveness, and I'm laying myself down. I'm giving it all to You - the pathetic way I've held on to my life, my fears, my doubts, my anger. I'm exchanging it for whatever You've chosen for me, as hard as that may be." (p. 211)

Morningsong is the first Shelly Beach novel I've ever read, and I am eager to tell you what a POWERFUL book this is! The prayers offered by those struggling are so real and poignant, that if you didn't read anything but their prayers, you'd be changed! However, Shelly gives the reader a story that is beautifully written, a story that carries you into the brokenness of bad choices, hard circumstances, painful relationships and a longing for hope so real that you will feel your heart ache. Dear reader, you do NOT want to miss this story!

This is an amazing book! You will appreciate the honesty of the open relationships in this book, the frank conversations the characters share with one another, the selfless and unconditional way Christians love one another...there is SO MUCH to love about this book and the characters that make up this story!

Shelly Beach just rocketed to the top of my favorites list. Her writing is beautiful, the message within the story is life-changing, and the topics she deals with are REAL! Folks, I LOVED this book!! Buy your copy today and read it....you will be changed.
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