Book Review: Prayers of a Stranger

Book Review: Prayers of a Stranger

About the Book:

Last year Chris and Amanda Vance planned a special Christmas, carefully preparing a nursery. Now that room stands as empty as Amanda’s heart.

While Chris’ company stands on the brink of failure, he struggles to maintain a distance between his feelings of failure at work and the struggles in his marriage.

Then a neighbor’s need turns into a last-minute chance for Amanda to take a much-needed vacation to tour the Holy Land, while also giving Chris the opportunity to choose how he will face the future.

An extraordinary turn of events in Israel allows Amanda to be involved in answering the prayers of a stranger. Filled with a sense of awe over the turn of events, Amanda visits the place of Jesus’ birth. There she discovers anew the miracle of the Christ child—God incarnate as a tiny, vulnerable baby. Her return to Florida marks a momentous shift in her soul and in her marriage as she begins to realize that her journey didn’t end in the Holy Land.

Join Chris and Amanda as they discover that God doesn’t just answer prayers of strangers . . . but also those of their own hearts.

My Thoughts:

I’ve long been a fan a Davis Bunn.  In Prayers of a Stranger he deals honestly with grief, loss, pain, struggle and hope.  This tale, poised at the brink of the Advent season, is beautifully crafted and exhibits both honesty and expectation.  The novel drew me along on a journey of the heart and encouraged my soul with sweet reflection on how God is always about the work of redemption. He never ceases forming us into His image so that we can carry His love to the people around us, even when our journey takes us through deep personal pain.

Prayers of a Stranger is a heart warming and hopeful Christmastime tale.

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