Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Redeeming Grace by Ward Tanneberg

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Redeeming Grace
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas;
1st edition (February 28, 2013)
Ward Tanneberg


Ward Tanneberg is a pastor/writer/novelist who has given more than 50 years to evangelism, youth, college and pastoral ministry, including two Pacific Northwest churches and 23 years as the senior pastor at Valley Christian Center in Dublin, CA. In 2008, he was named President/Executive Director of The CASA Network. Ward speaks extensively at 50+ retreats and ministry leadership events in the USA and elsewhere. When at home he meets weekly with a group of business and professional leaders. He and Dixie have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and a great grandson.


Seven years ago, Grace Grafton died in a boating accident while partying on the Georgia, South Carolina coast. Was her death the result of alcohol and drugs or something more sinister? Nobody knows: her body was never recovered. Now years later, a woman reads in disbelief the note addressed to her: Hello Grace, did you think we wouldn't find you?

Those nine chilling words end Grafton's self-imposed sanctuary of witness protection. Now she and everyone she loves are in grave danger. Long believed dead, she has a secret that can change the world. She knows the man running for president is guilty of a double murder! But who will believe her?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Redeeming Grace, go HERE.

My review:
   The day I got this book in the mail, I thought it was two books by the size of the envelope. It wasn't. The book is long: 597 pages, quite a bit longer than the average Christian fiction book. I'm a fast reader, but figured this one would be a book I'd read over a span of a few days. I was wrong. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. Fortunately, I started it early enough in the day that I was able to read it to completion without staying up too late.

  There are some bad reviews for this book on Amazon, and I don't get it. I loved this book, and thought it was awesome. The author came up with a great plot and cast of characters, and wrote a terrific suspense/intrigue novel that is truly Christian in content and free from bad language and inappropriate content. I had read two novels by this author several years ago and really enjoyed them, and he has only gotten better since then.

  In addition to the great suspense and intrigue, there is also a great message in the book, and the author gets that across without being too preachy.

  One issue I had with the book: It goes back and forth between the present and events that happened seven years ago, but there is not always an indication of the change, and it took reading a few sentences to realize the time setting has changed. That is a small issue though in an great book that I would highly recommend.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the encouraging comments about this, my newest novel in several years.
Like Grace, her story has remained hidden in my files for a number of years. It appeared that her witness protection program was successful. She would never be discovered.
Thankfully, she is no longer Savannah's "best kept secret."
Blessings, and thanks again for taking time to read and review.