Monday, February 13, 2012
Have you checked out Carey Jane Clark's "After The Snow Falls"?
Carey Jane Clark writes to instill courage, hope and conviction in her audience. She has authored several articles for Canadian publications and has ghostwritten a devotional for teens. She has been writing in one form or another for more than twenty years. Her writing in After the Snow Falls has been compared to that of Karen Kingsbury and Jodi Picoult.
Carey shares the adventure of her life with her husband Brian and three children, whom she homeschools. She blogs about their experiences homeschooling and as expats in China at www.careyjaneclark.com/enCouragement and www.holdthemsg.com.
In the middle of a soccer drill, in an awful, awkward moment, Celia Bennett's eight-year-old son Caleb lands on his face and chest in the grass. The diagnosis blindsides her, bringing her face-to-face with every parent's worst nightmare.
Desperate to save her son’s life, Celia pursues a cure through alternative medicine, but her quest ends in frustration and disappointment. Facing despair, hope walks in on the most unlikely set of legs, when her father returns after a 30-year absence. Can she release pain to embrace hope? Will it make a difference, or is it too late?
What some are saying about “After The Snow Falls”:
Intriguing read!, By Lanita B. Boyd
“This book intrigued me from the beginning, but I was especially drawn in as I saw Celia facing the possibility of losing her only son. I was fascinated by the chapters about Alfie and Adele and the renewal of their relationship, wondering how their lives were connected to Celia's and Caleb's.
This book can help parents who are going through similar difficulties when their children are seriously ill and they are searching for answers. They can see that faith goes a long way toward those answers.”
“I just finished reading after the Snow Falls BY Carey Jane Clark and thought it was an exceptional book. I did need a lot of tissues though because its often very sad but it can also be very uplifting.
In this story we meet Celia Bennet, A typical soccer mom who is busy being the best mom she can be. Ceila has no use for her father who abandoned her when she was little and is rather upset that he is back in her moms life. Celia's life is turned upside down when her son is diagnosed with cancer after a soccer game where he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
The diagnosis makes Celia concerned about conventional medicine and she tries to pursue an alternative medical clinic in Mexico, but her hopes are dashed so she heads back to the USA in defeat.
Throughout her sons illness, she tries to be strong and help him face the different treatments and problems that develop. Celia has no faith in God believing he has let her down. She is very surprised when her son develops a strong faith starts to read the Bible and all about the healing miracles of Jesus.
I do not want to give away any more of the story because It a journey you would like to read for yourself.
After the Snow Falls has many levels . Their are the problems with Celia's estranged father who has promised he has changed . The tremendous faith of a small boy who is sure Jesus will heal him and desperation of mother who needs the Lord in her life so she is finely able to forgive the unforgivable.
After the Snow Falls shows us that forgiveness is a choice and that faith can move mountains, that the faith of a child is the strongest of all and that Gods Strength is made perfect in weakness. I would recomend this books to anyone, especially one who has went through a serious illness or knows someone who is going through it . Thanks for reading my review
*After the Snow Falls* is especially pertinent for those who are having trouble forgiving their own parents for their mistakes. As Celia faces her father and his betrayal in her childhood, we can see ourselves looking to our heavenly father for his forgiveness for our own betrayal of him.
Clark has a light touch on a very heavy subject that makes for an excellent story--well-crafted and engaging.”
“Carey Jane Clark is a new voice in Christian fiction, and definitely one to watch. Her picturesque prose and compelling characters makes After the Snow Falls a riveting story, one that will remain with readers long after closing the final page.” - Kathi Macias