Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Review for In All Things

In All Things
Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost

by Laura Smith

Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.

Published: November 2011

ISBN Number: 978-1612440408

Available as: eBook and paperback

Genre: Christian faith, Inspirational, Family/Parenting/Child Birth & Loss, Relationships, Memoir

Available at: Halo Publishing Bookstore, Amazon, B&N, and all major booksellers

From The Back Cover
In All Things is a witty and raw account of an otherwise normal life filled with incredible challenges that will make you laugh out loud and cry tears of joy and tears of sorrow.  You will share in one woman's spiritual journey through raising a difficult child, longing for a baby only to be told it is not possible and then to experience God's intervention and devastating loss.  Learn how one miraculous encounter with God created an unshakeable faith that would later give her the strength to face life and death with her oldest daughter.

My Review
In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost is about the spiritual journey of Laura Smith.  She openly shares about the events in her life that led to divorce, being a single mom of two daughters, the challenges of a strong willed child, getting married for a second time, miscarriage, and depression.  Through these life experiences, Laura learned to trust the Lord and found healing peace through his grace.  

From the moment I started reading this book, I was drawn in.  Each time I had to put it down, I found myself rushing through my housework so I could get back to reading.  I laughed, I cried tears of sadness, but also tears of joy.  Although my spiritual journey has been nothing like the author's, I could understand the pain and sadness she had gone though. 

In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost is a very inspirational book.  It is for any woman or man who has suffered any kind of loss, especially that of an unborn child.

Laura Smith works as a medical coding and reimbursement specialist in Northern Minnesota. She spent her youth on a small dairy farm in Northeast Minnesota. She was married two weeks after her high school graduation. Three years and two children later, she was facing divorce and single parenthood. She moved to a college town in north central MN where she hoped to earn a degree and make a life for her and her two young daughters. There she met and married the love of her life. Together they embarked on a life together as a ready-made family facing all the challenges that comes with it. They had no idea that the life experiences they walked through early on and one life altering event would prepare them for the ultimate challenge, the possible death of their daughter.

*** GIVEAWAY ***
A paperback copy of In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost will be given away to one lucky commenter.  The giveaway will run from 6/18 - 6/23.  A blog post, with the winner's name, will be posted on 6/24.  


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Sounds like a wonderful story. I loved the music.

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - sounds like a powerful book! It must be incredibly difficult to write those words when you're sharing something so personal and so hard.

Jennifer Shirk said...

This books sounds wonderful. I love books that can make you laugh and cry. :)

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like an inspirational read, for sure.

Lindi said...

Susanne-I love when we are drawn into a book and we can't put it down. Thanks for sharing this author's book.

Empty Nest Insider said...

This sounds like a very engaging read that really tugs at your heartstrings! I really enjoy reading your reviews! Julie

Susanne Drazic said...

Hello to all! Thanks for stopping by.

Laura Smith said...

Thank you so very much for hosting my book and for such a wonderful review! I appreciate your time and effort in reading my book and sharing your insight. Blessings to you!
Laura Smith, Author said...

Hi I am from the Blog Hop and enjoyed your review of Laura's book. Thanks for sharing.


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