Crossing’s Redemption by Carrie Daws: Book Review

Crossing's Redemption

Crossing, Oregon, is a quiet, peaceful town where life is ordinary but good. For Patricia Guire and Amber Yager, otherwise normal lives takes unwanted, abrupt turns when secrets of the past must be confronted.

These “skeletons in the closet” create the conflict of Crossing’s Redemption and for each woman, the life-altering event is different. While the back cover of the book would lead you to believe that it is only Patricia Guire facing a crisis, it is both Patricia and Amber entering a deep period of introspection. Daws weaves the struggle of the two characters together wonderfully.

Crossing’s Redemption takes place in today’s world respectfully discussing serious issues. But the way the book resolves some of these problems appears too optimistic. Perhaps it’s a hopeful attempt for how people should react, as the supporting characters model grace. Instead of anger, bitterness, fear, resentment or negativity, Crossing’s Redemption showcases patience and forgiveness, making it an excellent read for those enjoying faith-filled characters confronting real-life issues.

I received a copy of this book free from Ambassador International in exchange for my honest thoughts on this book.

Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant, Book Review


Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant, Book Review

As children, most of us were taught to say “I’m sorry” when we hurt someone else on purpose or accidentally. As adults, we learn that forgiveness is a much more complicated concept. Forgiveness doesn’t always come easy and it’s often a process.

Iyanla Vanzant has created a beautiful work of self-discovery in her book Forgiveness. It’s designed to be a 21-day process with some work done every day. There’s a routine for each day: a “forgiveness story”, a series of questions for reflection, and a “tapping sequence” that uses EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique. Because I was – and still am – skeptical about the Emotional Freedom Technique, I skipped the EFT sequence. There’s also a CD included but I preferred to just read the book.

I can’t recommend Forgiveness enough. The way that Iyanla defines the concept is compelling: “If you have a judgment or limiting belief about anyone or anything, forgiveness is required.” (Forgiveness, 299) If embraced with an open mind, this 21-day journey could be like therapy: it will be work, and it will make you think, but the outcome will be a better self-awareness of thoughts that may have been holding you back.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.