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When I read the plot summary, as I eagerly waited for Tessa Afshar's newest book, I thought I had a general idea of where this book was headed. I was wrong. She weaves together a story of a woman's life that is full of heart ache and disappointment but instead of letting bitterness take root she makes the choice time after time to rely on the Lord. The story is proportioned differently than you would think given that the impression is that the story is about her healing. This story is about her loss and the wounds that needed to be healed.
Usually I physically read Afshar's books and find them to be full of meaty theological nuggets however this one was more story driven. That is not a bad thing just different from what I expected. I wonder if my listening to this book caused me to miss some of those statements. This is the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five. Basically a departure from the style I have come to love but still a solid read. The performance was also quite good.
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This story, based on the real life Bible encounter of the woman with the bleeding disorder and JESUS, will change the way you view your own life. While we know little about this woman's journey to the side of CHRIST, we know it was fraught with tears and rejection.
Tessa Afshar's fictional recounting beautifully brings this story to life in an unforgettable manner. You will laugh at Aliana's spirit and weep with her despair.
Even more, though, you will rejoice with her when her body, soul, and spirit were healed with the touch of her Savior.
This is an unforgettable story, beautifully depicted by a gifted storyteller. I will never forget it's telling and neither will you.
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