Item description for Through Every Storm by Sharlene MacLaren...
Overview "When a couple loses their young daughter, they must figure out how to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives if they want to love again"--Provided by publisher.
Community Description Struggling through the tragic loss of their child, Maddie and Jeff Bowman experience the immense pain and grief caused by a broken heart and a marriage so severely strained that a divorce seems imminent. Will life ever be normal again?
While still overwhelmed with feelings of complete hopelessness and loneliness, they are additionally faced with having to care for a precocious little boy. Then Maddie slowly realizes how to let God be in control. The love that she discovers gives her hope and strength to go on.
Maddie and Jeff must learn how to overcome their problems. But together they may find a joy and happiness that they had never known before.
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Studio: Whitaker House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.91" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Jan 2, 2007
Publisher WHITAKER #54
ISBN 0883687461 ISBN13 9780883687468 UPC 630809687463
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More About Sharlene MacLaren
Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree in 1971, she taught second grade for two years, then accepted an invitation to travel internationally for a year with a singing ensemble. In 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart. Together they raised two lovely, wonderful daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family-her grandchildren, in particular! Shar launched her writing career in 2006 with the contemporary romance Through Every Storm, a Whitaker House release that was named a finalist for Book of the Year by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Following that was her acclaimed Little Hickman Creek series, consisting of Loving Liza Jane (Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award); Sarah, My Beloved (third place, Inspirational Readers' Choice Award 2008); and Courting Emma (third place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2009). Shar's next series, the popular Daughters of Jacob Kane, comprises Hannah Grace (second place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2010), Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann (third place, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award 2011). Sofia's Secret concludes her latest series, River of Hope, which also comprises Livvie's Song and Ellie's Haven. Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings, television and radio appearances, and interviews. She loves to speak for women's organizations, libraries, church groups, women's retreats, and banquets. She is involved in Apples of Gold, a mentoring program for young wives and mothers, and is active in her church, as well as two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton.
Sharlene MacLaren currently resides in Spring Lake. Sharlene MacLaren was born in 1948.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Through Every Storm?
Through every storm Mar 8, 2007
It's a very realistic and everyday reality book. Anyone looking for a wonderful christian story, this is it.
Page-turner debut book! Feb 2, 2007
MacLaren's debut book is a page-turner. A compelling plot, her characters are deep, both fragile and strong--especially the little boy, Timmy. MacLaren portrays the genius child with a depth of insight I found completely believable. He was still a child with childish ways, in spite of his brilliant mind.
Without giving away the end, both Maddie and Jeff find their way back to God in a manner I found natural and in harmony with the story. I applaud MacLaren for not overwriting this. This heartrending tale unfolds at just the right pace and carries the reader through to a very satisfying end. Novel Reviews gives Through Every Storm a high recommendation.
Reviewed by Ane Mulligan [...]
Out of the Mouth of Babes! Jan 15, 2007
All the adult advice in the world fails to help Jeff and Maddie Bowman recover from the death of their daughter. Almost fulfilling the statistical data on divorce for bereaving parents, their world is further turned upside down by a little boy, Timmy.
Timmy is staying with Jeff and Maddie while his mother continues to cope with the effects of chemotherapy for cancer. But Timmy is highly energetic and speaks straight from the hip. What he has to say, told with such frank honesty, hits Maddie the most initially and she can't respond in the usual victim way, no matter how real that is.
Timmy initially and then others teach Maddie that there is a Comforter who is far bigger than the awful event she has endured. She in turn begins to change and the results touch her husband, who has already filed for divorce, and produce many more totally unexpected effects.
It has been said that when one most needs love, one should give it to someone else in need of it. For that is the nature of the God Maddie newly learns to trust and to whom she responds, so naturally receiving healing in the process.
This is a beautiful story which Sharlene MacLaren has crafted with sensitivity and frankness.
Constantly engaging with a fast-moving plot, Through Every Storm will touch the hearts of every reader - in expected and unexpected ways!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on January 14, 2007
Gripping Tale Jan 6, 2007
Jeff and Maddie Bowman lost their precious daughter, Emma. Although the death was an accident, both struggle with feelings of guilt. Sometimes grief will pull two people together, but in Jeff and Maddie's case, it only drives them farther apart. Now their marriage has deteriorated to the point they are discussing divorce.
Rose, Maddie's cousin, has cancer. She needs someone to take care of Timmy, her seven-year old son. Maddie reluctantly agrees to take Timmy, but Jeff is furious. He doesn't want to deal with a small boy on top of everything else. Timmy is a precocious, extremely intelligent little boy who loves God and can't understand why Jeff and Maddie fight all the time. He decides to give them the benefit of his advice.
Sharlene MacLaren's Through Every Storm is a heartwarming story of two people so overwhelmed with grief they almost destroy themselves and their marriage, until a concerned little boy shows them the importance of love and trust. Indeed, a little child shall lead them. God has a plan for Maddie and Jeff, but first they have to be open to His leadership. Through Every Storm will grip your heart from the first page, as Jeff and Maddie fight their way out of the darkness that threatens to consume them into the light of God's love.
Barbara Warren Author, Gathering Storm Jireh Publishing
I loved it! Jan 6, 2007
Through Every Storm blew me away. First of all, the author's ability to pull you into the emotional struggles of the characters was amazing. Often I find that emotion in novels feels more contrived than real. Not so with this story. The actions and reactions of the couple were frighteningly real. The withdrawal, the inability to communicate, the misinterpretation of things said. All are classics signs of marital trouble. When Maddie and Jeff each individually re-experienced their memories, I was there with them. I identified with how they were feeling. The attraction between them was almost as strong as the hurt, but they had forgotten what they had originally loved about each other. That's so true with grief. The need to blame someone else as well as ourselves. If only he had this...if only I had that...
Jeff was a true man in every situation and I felt like I understood where he was coming from. He just wanted his wife to respond to him, not push him away. The author did a bang-up job representing the male point of view. Then there is little Timmy. I fell in love with this boy genius who Jeff teasingly nicknamed "Einstein" because he was too smart for his own good. He reminded me so much of my own kids, especially my eldest son. I loved how Timmy was perceptive enough to see the couple's pain and how he tried to bring them together. He was so innocent and endearing.
Through Every Storm is a well-written, well-paced novel that is loaded with tension. The conflict felt real to me, and the spiritual progression of the characters was highly believable. In fact, this story was so well written I couldn't find a thing that pulled me from the story. I especially loved the bikini top joke. What a hoot. There were so many tender moments that touched my heart--especially toward the end--that I literally felt my heart warming as I read the touching, healing words. This story is a real winner and is as beautiful as the cover, if not more so. Highly recommended!