Thursday, August 30, 2012
Prayers of a Stranger
In “Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey” by Davis Bunn we meet Amanda and Chris Vance. Amanda works in a hospital in Florida as the personal assistant to the hospital’s director. When changes come to the hospital she contemplates going back into nursing. When she is told to take a vacation from work right before Christmas she learns that her neighbor’s husband will not be able to go on their trip to the Holy Land so she goes in his place. Amanda hopes that this trip will help her to heal from the loss of her child the year before. Amanda and Chris had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their firstborn when Amanda suffered a miscarriage. Amanda has never fully recovered from the loss and decided to quit nursing. Chris has been under a lot of pressure at work and is also pressured by his sister to spend the Christmas holiday with her family. While Amanda is gone, Chris has to choose between protecting his wife or pleasing the rest of his family. While Amanda is in the Holy Land she meets a local woman who asks her to pray for a sick child. Amanda decides to visit the child and realizes she may be able to help but she has to put her own fears aside. With the help of their neighbors and God Amanda and Chris are able to heal from their loss and are able to give their marriage a new start. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.