Item description for A New Promise by Julie Eller...
Life can bring us to the end of everything, especially hope. When times are uncertain and overwhelming, it's easy to abandon God when it seems that He has abandoned us. In her debut novel, A New Promise, author Julie Eller brings you into the presence of an omniscient, omnipotent, and unconditionally loving God through the Parnell family's struggle to survive the multifaceted, devastating effects of Huntington's disease. As two adolescents endure the emptiness and pain from the absence of a dying mother, their father finds himself confronting God and returning to the blueprints of life, God's Word, His promises. You will find yourself pondering, ?If, under even remotely similar circumstances, would my faith remain in God, the Great Redeemer A New Promise exemplifies the truth of Proverbs 16: 9, ?We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps, with an assurance that ?His ways are higher than our ways, ? and that His ways are always best.
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Looking to God for help! Jul 7, 2008
A NEW PROMISE is a novel filled with emotion, trials, love and and fulfillment of satisfaction knowing that God will take control if invited to. Julie Eller has outdone herself fulfilling every aspect of living with an onset of misgivings and trials in the scenario of a hurting family to a finality of love and understanding. Every page turned brought new aspirations and tears in the final control lost to the love of God.
I was so intrigued by Julie's writing that I could not put the book down. Everyone should check out her new book.
A relevant story for today Jan 2, 2008
This is a "can't put it down" read with something for everyone. There is the husband/father, Scott, dealing with the responsibilities of his families farm, his wifes illness, and raising two teenagers alone. The Grandmother, Catherine, with her own losses and bitterness, and Celeste, a single woman with a promising career, and yet still searching. The teenagers in the story, Tawnya and Ty,are working thru real issues that face teens today. This is a book that most anyone at any stage in life, from teen to grandparent, would enjoy and find relevant. There is such a message of hope and truth woven throughout the story! What a great book. I wish Julie Eller much success! And I hope there are more stories to come from this author.
Wonderfully written story Nov 18, 2007
The book was wonderful and so expressive. The insight Julie has into a teenager's world, the characters all so well defined, the scriptures and wisdom given when confronting a difficult situation and the evidence of God's grace, along with the smooth flow of words and descriptions of inner turmoil or overflowing joys of life...well, I don't know why we couldn't see this one on the best seller's list. Julie Eller is good at what she does. I look forward to reading more and hope to see her books in all the book store shelves!
So moving.... Nov 8, 2007
"A New Promise" is a beautiful tale of forgiveness and hope for a family shattered by sickness. This novel portrays the journey of each family member as they deal with the fear and despair that comes from dealing with a mother/wife stricken with Huntingtons disease.
Julie Eller invites her readers to cheer, cry, and laugh right along with the Parnell family as they struggle to find meaning and faith in an otherwise hopeless situation. Julie's words serve as a flashlight shining the truth of God's comfort and peace in dark times, and is an inspiration to all.
If you're looking for a good read with realistic, three-dimensional characters that takes place in the heart of a beautiful farmland, look no further. "A New Promise" is just for you.
A must read for anyone who enjoys a great storyline Oct 23, 2007
Reviewed by Lori Plach for Reader Views (10/07)
Promises, promises. Everybody knows what a promise is and has probably made hundreds of them throughout their lifetime. When you get married, in a Christian ceremony, you are promising your spouse a lifetime commitment. The notorious words "till death do us part" are a part of this oath taken at the wedding. Scott Parnell has made his wife, Rachel, a lifelong commitment. They had fallen in love when in high school. They have been blessed with 2 children, teenage Tyler and 12 year old daughter Tawnya. How were they to know that Rachel would be stricken with Huntington's disease? Would Scott be able to remember his promise of "no tubes or wires to sustain life" they had talked about years ago? Would he be able to let go when the time came?
Letting go is never easy. It's not an easy thing for Rachel's mother to let go of her daughter. She is a well meaning grandmother who tries to help Scott with the kids but is out of touch in raising children in these troubled times in the 21st century. Tyler is in a rebellious state. He doesn't want to lose his mother but doesn't want to show that her health condition bothers him. His best friend, Dwight, is dealing with some family problems of his own. But, will Tyler go as far as Dwight's actions to escape from reality? Tawnya is at a difficult time in her life. She is dealing with her adolescent problems and a grandmother who insists that she is too fat. She turns to a destructive lifestyle. Celeste is Rachel's younger sister who always wanted to trail along with Rachel and Scott during their courtship. Celeste has a successful career in Seattle and agrees to give Tawnya a female role model, yet, she has never been a parent much less in a serious relationship. As Tawnya and Celeste become closer, will Scott be able to keep from growing closer to Celeste too? They have both made promises to Rachel, but will those promises be broken even as Rachel's life is deteriorating? Just how far will these promises keep the Parnell family from telling all the issues of their life?
"A New Promise" is an excellent book by a very talented new author, Julie Eller. "A New Promise" encompasses many issues of the 21st century. The book is a must read for anyone who enjoys a great storyline and seeing how God works in people's lives for His purpose. Sometimes when faced with adversity, it's easiest to blame God rather than see His blessings throughout your trials. Julie Eller has certainly used her God-given talents in order to show Christ's providence. I hope she writes more books in the near future. Pick up "A New Promise" soon, you certainly will enjoy it.