Amazon Book Description
What do you do when the pain of your past leaves you feeling so unworthy, that any hope of a future crumbles right before your eyes?
Since Kristina Talbot can remember, she’s tried to earn the love of men in her life, only to be hurt in the process. On the heels of her abusive husband’s death, Kristina Talbot leaves New York and heads to New Mexico to try and get her life headed down a new road – one that doesn’t include a man.
Even before she reaches her destination, Nathan McKinley sets up a roadblock to her plan. His charming and gentle personality is no match for her love-starved heart. And when Nathan shows her God in a new light, and how to place her trust in Him and not her circumstances, she begins to hope…
When Kristina’s past collides with her present, and tragedy strikes close to Kristina’s heart, her fears and distrust come flooding back, threatening to sweep away her newfound hope. Can Nathan help her hold on to her new relationship with God, or will she allow her dark and troubled past to pluck out the tiny bud of hope that is beginning to blossom within her heart?
I have never been one to highlight while reading fiction, but my Kindle copy of Michelle Lynn Brown’s book, Miracles in Disguise, probably has more highlights and notes than any of my non-fiction books.
Kristina has had a rough life, but she is finally free to live the life she wants. And she knows what she doesn’t want. She doesn’t want to be under the thumb of another man. Nathan is drawn to the new English teacher, but he knows she is hiding something. What he doesn’t understand is why she won’t trust him. Brown has crafted a beautiful story of letting go of your past and surrendering control to God.
My favorite part of Miracles in Disguise was how it blended Christ and life. It wasn’t preachy, but it ministered to my soul. Normally when authors try to fit sermons and prayers into their books they are forced and I tend to skim because they don’t add to the story. Yet every word Brown wrote was relevant to the story and was woven in gracefully. The characters hunger for the Word was genuine and I devoured it right along with them.
I would highly recommend this book, and it will probably join the handful of fiction books that I enjoy re-reading on a regular basis. I will definitely be looking into more books by this author. Fabulous!
Quick note: Despite my love for this book, at the very end of the story, there was one question that I was dying to know the answer to that was never explained. It wasn’t a huge piece of the story, more of just a niggling, but still, I hate loose ends (pet-peeve).
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Here are a few of the quotes from this book that I highlighted. You can find more quotes from this book on Goodreads here.
“God trumped my excuses. I came to the realization that God wanted me to walk through life following Him, instead of looking back at Him and telling Him to follow me.”
“We tend to be shaped by our outward circumstances. Our parents, our upbringing, generational traditions, and even just our day-to-day life shapes us. But God wants to come into our hearts and shape us from the inside out.”
“His words echoed the longings in her heart – to have peace and hope that is not destroyed by circumstances.”0