Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book Review: The Promises She Keeps

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” –Isaiah 58:11

I read this verse this morning after finishing The Promises She Keeps last night. I think if the book were to have a theme verse, this could be it. Erin Healy has written another intriguing story with a powerful message.

Promise is a young woman dying of cystic fibrosis. The desire of her heart is to become famous before she dies, so people will remember her.

Porta is an elderly woman, a practicing witch, who believes immortality can be found and claimed. She is determined to do so, no matter the cost—even to people she should love.

Finally, Chase is an autistic man with unusual gifts. Having memorized the Bible in four translations, he often speaks it to communicate his thoughts. He sees and draws people as trees with corresponding life-giving or taking properties. He’s caring and perceptive, yet those around him don’t always understand what he is trying to say.

The Promises She Keeps is the story that results when these three lives intersect in a small, west coast town. The ending wasn’t entirely satisfying—some questions were left unanswered, minor threads unresolved—yet the message of the book was clear and is one people need to hear today. I recommend this book and thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending it to me.
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