Wednesday, August 26, 2015

" Not Ashamed" by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen

Book Description: Charity grew up as a missionary kid in Africa and is now a college freshman in America. Although she always knew there her dad was not her biological father, she was recently devastated by the truth that she was conceived in rape. Consumed with shame, she doesn't believe that her biological father has adequately paid for his crime and when she discovers a skeleton on the exact spot where her mother was attacked, she is convinced that her biological father is to blame. She launches an investigation with her uncle, the Chief of Police, who is equally convinced her father is not guilty. But can they catch the killer before another victim is found?

About the Author

Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children's worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. 

As an Air Force brat and having spent nine years as a navy wife, Candi Pullen has lived more places than she can name, including Morocco and Libya. After the death of her first husband and the death of their daughter, Andrea, nine years later, she felt that God was calling her to use that pain to minister to others who needed God's healing comfort. In 2007, she earned her Bachelor of Theology degree. She now teaches discipleship classes, mentors new believers and those wishing to find all the Lord has for them, and writes a daily devotional on Facebook, Good Morning, Papa! She lives in New Port Richey, FL, with Drew, her husband of 18 years.
My Review: "Not Ashamed" by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen is the second book in the "Windspree series" and is just as good as the first in the series" Not Guilty".
This book can be read and enjoyed without reading " Not Guilty" but I encourage you to read both. "Not Guilty" deals with the rape of Charity"s mother and "Not Ashamed" deals with Charity's feelings after finding out her father raped her mother.
Charity has been a missionary kid in Africa and she comes back to Windspree to attend college and finds a body in the exact spot her mother was raped and believes her father is to blame. But Charity's uncle,the Chief of Police believes he is innocent. Who is right?
Yes this book is Christian novel and deals with rape, and violence and murder and the issue of abortion, but it is a clean read.
I am including two face book posts I posted when I first started reading " Not Ashamed " "But I began to wonder how many of us have dry bones,spiritually. Did a childhood injury cause an area of our life, even a tiny one, to be stunted or become over-inflated? There was a saying when I was growing up that said, 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.' That saying is about as far from the truth as I am from the the farthest star in the universe. Words,especially those we hear in childhood, can and often do shape our conception of who we are, and what we will become in our lives. Or maybe our injury isn't that old but it's just as deadly. It caused a root of bitterness to grow from a tiny grain until it's choking us with it's sour taste. And because of it, we're not able to absorb God's Word like we used to and a real case of dry bones is setting in."
Yes this is a paragraph from another book I am reading "Not Ashamed" by Teresa Pollard.And though I haven't finished reading this book, ( I have only read 29%) I think even if I don't like the rest of the book, just reading this much and the rest of the sermon, (yes, this is part of a sermon) by Hal Shepherd, I haven't wasted my time and while reading it I felt like I was in church listening to a real sermon! ( there was a sentence or two, that told what Hal was thinking about while preaching, which to me made the story more believable.
"No one's forgotten,sweetheart, we've just moved past the pain. It's your decision, but just be sure you don't wait so long that the roots grow too deep to pull up the weed. You do know that forgiveness isn't really for the benefit of the one forgiven. It's for our own benefit. Bitterness is poison to the soul, and a root of bitterness strangles the life out of anyone. The joy of the Lord is our strength, and a bitter heart kills all joy. They can't live in the same body. One or the other dies." from "Not Ashamed" by Teresa Polland
"Not Ashamed" is a story of healing and forgivingness. "Not Guilty" and "Not Ashamed" are not books that you can read without it touching your mind and heart, yes it will make you think, would I react the same way the characters did in this story.  I think the reason these books are sop great is because the story could be real and probably is somewhere in this world!
Like I have already stated these books deal with hard subjects but Christians are not immune from these things but these books lets us know that being raped is not the victim's fault and if you are a child from a rape you are not guilty and you have nothing to be ashamed of!
I have given "Not Ashamed" five stars.
I was given a copy of "Not Guilty" by the publisher for my honest review. 
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  1. I live not far from Richmond and once lived in Georgia, but haven't run across Teresa, yet! Thanks for the review, Debbie! blessings!

  2. thanks for commenting Carrie, these books really are great