Sunday, January 26, 2020

"Faith’s Journey" by Heather Greer Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

Book: Faith’s Journey
Author: Heather Greer
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release Date: February, 2018
Faiths Journey coverSometimes it’s the unexpected path that leads you on your journey back to faith.
Katie McGowan left her parents and their faith behind years ago. However, when faced with a devastating betrayal, Katie is ready to go back to Carbondale, Illinois to help her elderly parents despite their tempestuous relationship. Drained by the constant friction, Katie finds emotional support and encouragement in Austin. His practical, simple faith speaks to Katie, and she finds herself yearning for a new connection to God. As their friendship grows, so does the attraction between Katie and Austin.
Before her fledgling faith and thoughts of romance have a chance to take root, Katie’s cheating fiancé returns, remorseful and promising change. Can her tentative faith strengthen their past love? And if her heart breaks again, will Katie’s journey to faith end before it has really begun?

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One of the minor things I liked about was Faith’s Journey" by Heather Greer is that the setting is in Illinois, because I live in Illinois.

Katie grew up in a Christian home but at some point she starts to turn away from God. She makes choices that are definitely not Christian. But, when she is betrayed and her mom falls and hurts herself, Katie feels it is time to go home.

Katie has trust issues, but I really feels she trusts one character too much, over and over. But, then that is why this story is realistic, because don't we also seemed to want to believe the best in people we love. I was really hoping that Katie would see where her trust in this person was wrong and trust in the right person. I can't tell you if that happen or not but I will tell you to read the book and see why I think the title actually tells what the story is about.

Heather Greer has penned a story that not only shows a person losing their faith in God and people and then finding their back to faith in both areas.

This is really a story of two people, Katie and Austin, truly giving their lives completely to God and finding that faith in God really does win in the end.

This is a story that looks very honestly at people with flaws along with a strong faith element.

I loved that Austin is a preacher and that the author shows that even a preacher struggles with faith issues. It truly makes this book another book for a genre that I truly think they need to include in the lists of genres "Real Life Fiction"

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the  Author

Heather GreerHeather Greer is a pastor’s kid and pastor’s wife from southern Illinois. Though her nest is quickly approaching the empty stage, with three of her four children out on their own, she enjoys the times she gets to spend with all her children, husband, and grandson. Equal mix geek and romantic, you could as easily find Heather watching an episode of Doctor Who as the latest Hallmark movie. Of course, you may find her baking, reading, or crafting too!
Heather’s writing and teaching ministries revolve around a passion to see believers grow in their faith. Though God has used her most often with teens and adults, she has worked in ministries reaching all age groups through the years. It is Heather’s prayer for God to use what she writes in her books and on her blog to challenge and encourage readers in their faith walks.

More from Heather

What happens when a person raised in church begins to see the failure of those within the church to live their faith every day instead of on Sunday morning? Often, the truths of scripture are pushed aside in favor of blanket statements like “churches are full of hypocrites” and “I don’t want to follow a God whose people are like that”. In frustration, they walk out the church doors in frustration. Sometimes they walk out with their beliefs intact, but other times faith gets left in the pew they vacate.
That’s what happened to Katie in Faith’s Journey. And when she left home for college disappointed with the people in the church she was raised in and at odds with her mother, it was all too easy to listen to the voices in her life telling her religion and God made no difference in life.  Deciding she knew better than anyone what her life should be, Katie makes her own decisions without considering the God she left behind.
It takes a return home for Katie to start realizing there may be more to God than the people in the pews. Maybe she was quick to see the failures of others to live their faith but slow to see her own problems with the same issue. And maybe it’s time to acknowledge that regardless of how others are living out their faith, God has plans for her and desires a relationship with her that defines who she is every day.
While the original idea that sparked Faith’s Journey was what happens when someone you love betrays you, I quickly realized Katie’s story was more than that. In a sense, the first betrayal she needed to face wasn’t the one with her boyfriend. It was the perceived betrayal by those in the church who failed to live faith outside the church walls. It’s a feeling I believe many Christians have to face since there isn’t a perfect person in any pew.
I pray Faith’s Journey may be an encouragement and give a new perspective to those who currently struggle with the idea of church. And I hope it’s also a challenge to those of us faithfully in the pews each week to make our time there about more than religion or habit. I pray Faith’s Journey challenges us to evaluate the depth of relationship with have with God and let Him change the way we live every day, not just on Sunday.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, January 24
janicesbookreviews, January 28
Artistic Nobody, January 29 (Author Interview)
Quiet Quilter, February 1
Older & Smarter?, February 2
Emily Yager, February 3
Godly Book Reviews, February 4
Pause for Tales, February 5
A Baker’s Perspective, February 6 (Author Interview)
Batya’s Bits, February 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Heather is giving away a Cozy Winter Nights giveaway including a $15 Amazon gift card, a mug, assorted teas and hot chocolates, chocolate, and a fleece blanket to create the perfect reading experience on cold winter nights!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

7 comments:

Rita Wray said...

I liked the review.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details. This sounds like a good read

Dianna said...

I like reading books set in familiar places, too.

James Robert said...

Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

Melissa W said...

I think faith is a very common struggle. Sounds like a great book!

Caryl Kane said...

Thank you for your wonderful review!

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a really great book and it is terrific that it is set in Illinois!