Item description for A Time to Gather: A Safe Harbor Novel (Safe Harbor Novel) by Sally John & Gary Smalley...
Overview After 30 years, Max and Claire are renewing their vows--with changed hearts. But the Beaumonts' grown children still grapple with the effects of their formerly broken home. It will take a miracle of grace to bring these two hurting souls to a place of recovery and healing.
Never before has a family so desperately needed to gather.
Just months ago they were on the brink of marital disaster, now Max and Claire Beaumont are blissfully planning their re-wedding ceremony. But gathering the support of their children has been tough. Instead, Max and Claire are watching their children suffer hidden heartache. One is missing her soldier husband, another is drinking way too much, and another steadfastly hides her pain away.
Claire has no choice but to fall to her knees in prayer.
She daily reminds herself that "God is good," something her beloved mother-in-law taught her to do. And starting fresh at the Hacienda Hideaway is perfect--there Claire and Max fortify their strength to rebuild the family.
Then, in the midst of this deeply personal journey, two strangers enter their world unexpectedly, changing all they knew and trusted about each other. Whether they embrace or reject these women will impact their family bond forever.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Time to Gather: A Safe Harbor Novel (Safe Harbor Novel) by Sally John & Gary Smalley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 11/01/2008 page 77
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 70
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Safe Harbor Novel
ISBN 1595544291 ISBN13 9781595544292 UPC 020049133538
Availability 0 units.
More About Sally John & Gary Smalley
Sally John is a former teacher and the author of several books, including the popular The Other Way Home series and In a Heartbeat. Sally and her husband, Tim, live in the country surrounded by woods and cornfields. The Johns have two grown children, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.
Sally John currently resides in the state of Illinois. Sally John was born in 1964.
Reviews - What do customers think about Time To Gather (Safe Harbor)?
Different from Kingsbury, but excellent! Jan 19, 2010
I am a huge Karen Kingsbury fan. I have pretty much read all of her books and was looking for a new Christian series to get into. Most Christian fiction books are set back in the day and I'm not really into that. I was browsing around this site and came across this book. I saw that Gary Smalley also co-wrote this book and I absolutely LOVED the redemptions series.
Anyway, I found this book to be a really great read. I fell in love with the Beaumonts and really enjoyed the second part of the series. I like the fact that the focus was on Lexi this time, because she was definitely the most mysterious one. I think a lot of people can relate to her character. I also liked how the Beaumont family faced real problems - addiction, loneliness, etc. It's not a typical "everything goes right" story. I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good Christian read.
A Time to Gather Oct 24, 2008
A realistic, believable happy ending to some difficult--even life-threatening problems within this family. It was apparent the Spirit of God was working mightily in Max (dad), Erik (eldest son), and Lexi (youngest daughter). Max's fear of dealing with his emotions melted into tenderness, affection and a father I would be glad to call my own. Erik the alcoholic,who was always at the top of his game, hit bottom a few times before he had the courage to ask for help. But how beautiful a soul he turned out to be after entering rehab and calling on our mighty God for salvation and the ability to forgive his dad. Lexi, an artistic but bulemic emotional mess with no self-esteem (mostly due to absent dad) also went through trial after difficult trial before she cried out to God. The book was intense and the characters realistically flawed like so many of us. But the power of God to show up when we call, heal emotional pain, and change us into beautiful people on the inside, shined through this wonderful read.
Likestoread Oct 12, 2008
This book begins where "A time to Mend" ends. Once again poor Max is held responsible for putting his job first instead of his family. Thankfully his realitionship with his wife Claire is healed and they plan the wedding they never had. This story will focus on Erik the egomanic newscaster and his mousy sister Lexi. I imagine the other two adult children will be featured in the next book. Erik is the most damaged of the four children as he self distructs. His life begins to unravel and his parents must use tough love to get him back on his feet. Max asks for forgiveness from all of his beloved children. Erik and Lexi are the least receptive in this book to Max. This book is really about Erik and Lexi and their abandmonent issues from Max. The book wants the reader to know how much a father's presence is valued and putting work before the family will cause damage in adulthood such as Erik and Lexi experienced. Erik is abandoned by his g/friend for another man and Lexi by a man she loves but does not want her. She falls for an unvailable man (dad was unvailable.) God sends someone different for Erik and Lexi. Also a surprise event that I expected. BTW, Max was abandoned as a child by his parents for his Saintly brother as well as Claire abandoned by both parents for being in their way. The beat goes on with abandonment issues.