Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Healing Ruby by Jennifer H. Westall

Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle

Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she's already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces losing both her father and the boy who's stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father's death. Through her pain, she's able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who's mere presence at his brother's funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa'a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the "gift," she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again. But faith and doubt can't reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby's constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she's opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can't see deeper than the color of one's skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?

My Thought: 

Healing Ruby is a great book to read on any day. Its shows that everyone goes through trikes and tribulations. We always have bule sky's and we wonder when those days will leave. What I liked about the book was that I could connect to Ruby. Indecatingbthat she had a lot going on at a young age. This book helped me open my eyes and see that I can't just mope around all day complaining about what I'm going through when others might be in a worse situation than I am in. What broke my heart was the fact that she lost a younger brother by an illness which a simmilar thing had happened to me but not by an illness. In today's society you have to trust that God will make you overcomes. Not everyday is going to be a bad day but you just can't put your life on hold for it. You must keep strong and hold on because its only pushing you back away from you fate which is waiting for you. If you haven't read this book I cannot tell you what miracles you might see in your eyes that will aware you will this beautiful book teaching you something very special.

The Author: 

Jennifer Westall dives into Christian characters to explore her own questions of faith. Inspired by the life of her grandmother, Healing Ruby (2014) is the first in the Healing Ruby series, which delves into the mysteries of faith healing. She's also the author of Love's Providence (2012), a contemporary Christian romance that navigates the minefield of dating and temptation. She resides in southwest Texas with her husband and two boys, where she homeschools by day and writes by night, thus explaining those pesky bags under her eyes.  


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