Healing Sands by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn
In the struggle for healing, when do you fight and when do you surrender?
Ryan Alexander-Coe is a talented photojournalist who has been on assignment all over the world. But when her two sons choose to live with their father after her divorce, Ryan must give her career up for a small-town newspaper job in order to be near them.
Life spirals out of control when her fifteen-year-old son is arrested. Desperation--both over the fact that she cannot believe her son committed this crime and that he refuses to talk to her--sends her anger level soaring . . . and eventually sends her storming into Dr. Sullivan Crisp's office in search of ways to cope with her anger. Sully is in town assisting at one of his clinics and continuing his search for Belinda Cox, the woman whose guilt-inducing counseling caused the death of his wife and daughter. When Sully's search ends in disaster, both he and Ryan will have to fully rely on God--rather than themselves--to survive these storms.
This was the first book I’ve read by Rue & Arterburn, and I definitely plan to seek out their others, Healing Stones and Healing Waters. By the end of the first chapter I was completely hooked on Healing Sands and had a hard time putting the book down. This was definitely my kind of book. If a book doesn’t hook me right away, I probably won’t finish reading it. That was certainly not the case with Healing Sands.
The main character, Ryan, faces some real-life struggles, and I felt her frustration right along with her as probably any mother would. She realizes her need to rely on God for things that are completely beyond her control. And as a person who is used to being in control, she has a hard time surrendering.
She seeks out help from Christian Counselor Sullivan “Sully” Crisp, who is dealing with his own skeletons, which only adds to the suspense of this well-written novel.
This book conveys a very strong message about giving up control and surrendering to God but is not “in your face” about it. Christian or not, I think readers can appreciate the message of this book. I certainly did.
Please note: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson, but that, in no way, has affected my opinion of this book.