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Abiding Hope (Genesis House Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Angela Benson
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Book Description

Abiding Hope, Book 2 in the Genesis House series

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

Winner, EMMA Award for Best Inspirational Romance
Finalist, Best Inspirational Romance of the Year, Shades of Romance Magazine
Finalist, Reviewer’s Choice Award, Romance in Color

REVIEWS

“I first fell in love with Angela Benson's Awakening Mercy. Excited that Abiding Hope was a continuation story I could not wait to find out what happened to Shay and Marvin. I finished reading the book in 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next one that continues CeCe and Nate's story.” – Phyllis from DC

“I enjoyed reading this book! I could not place it down. . . Angela Benson has written a marvelous novel and I'm sure it will bless many others as it has blessed me!” – Irene from Florida

“ABIDING HOPE was a very deep, emotional read. I could not imagine having to bury my only child, or any child for that matter. Ms. Benson did an excellent job of showing the character's sorrow and how it affected their lives. The emotions portrayed did not seem over the top. Instead, they were so real, it was if you were experiencing the loss yourself. There were many times I found myself wanting to reach in and offer a consoling hug and words of encouragement. Kudos to Ms. Benson for such a touching read.”—Renee at RAWSISTAH Reviews

ABOUT the BOOK

Will their marriage survive their loss?

Marvin and Shay Taylor lost themselves and their ministry after the death of their six-year-old son. Time and God’s grace brought them back to a place of renewal. As they step back into their ministry, Shay also wants to step back into motherhood. But Marvin’s fears make him reluctant to share her dream. Can this couple come together to overcome the pain of the past and build the family they’ve always wanted or will their fears and mistrust destroy their marriage?

If you want an emotional and uplifting read, Shay and Marvin’s story is for you. Order your copy of Abiding Hope today!

The GENESIS HOUSE Series
Awakening Mercy, Book 1
Abiding Hope, Book 2
Enduring Love, Book 3 (coming in 2012)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1684 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UQIFWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #944,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Angela Benson is a bestselling, award-winning author of 12 novels and two novellas. Her work has been published by six major publishers, including Harlequin, Tyndale House, Berkeley and HarperCollins. She holds a doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Georgia as well as math and engineering degrees from Spelman College and Georgia Tech, respectively. Dr. Benson is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Alabama.

Website: http://www.angelabenson.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/AngelaBensonBooks

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes love is not enough............. 9 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"They smiled at each other happily, then turned to wave at their friends and families who had come to witness their dream wedding.........." You won't find that in here! Unlike most other books that end at the wedding leaving the reader with a 'happily ever after' feeling, this book departs from the traditional route and actually takes an incisive look at some of the challenges that can face an already married couple. This is the second book in the Genesis House series,and is an entertaining read, even as it deals with a very emotive subject. Marvin loves his wife dearly,is strong, silent, and keeps all his emotions bottled in. Shay has proved in the past that she loves and is ready to stand by her man, but now she is overwhelmed by a greater love for someone else. The writer demonstrates the importance of truthful communication within marriage, and of dealing with issues as they arise, no matter how painful they may be. Once again we are taken into the very lives of the characters as they make decisions without taking into consideration the effect this could have on others. We are shown that Christianity goes beyond just preaching, and should include getting involved with, and reaching out to touch the communities in which we live. All differences are resolved by the end of the novel, and we see how fortunate Marvin and Shay are to have friends that not only care, but also demonstrate this by praying for and with them. I could not put this book down till I had finished it, and I cried and smiled through the entire book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love me or love me not 30 Aug. 2002
By Kelly Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was ok, but it wasn't as good to Awakening Mercy. I liked the concept and the point she was trying make, but they whined so much. I was like would you just get over it.
However, It also shows what fear and lack of communication can do to a relationship.
1 Tim. 2:7 says "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
You can't have an effective relationship with out communication. It shows what happens when you don't listen to what is being communicated to you. Listening is the most important part of communication. Also you must have communication with God. You must listen and heed to the voice of God.
John 10:27 says "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"
I felt that they introduced more people into the book but left them and there situation hanging. (BO, Vicki)
I guess we will find out what happens to them in the next book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting to read more! 19 Jan. 2002
By Phyllis Pina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first fell in love with Angela Benson's Awakening Mercy. Excited that Abiding Hope was a continuation story I could not wait to find out what happened to Shay and Marvin. I finished reading the book in 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next one that continues CeCe and Nate's story. I enjoy these books because they deal with real-life issues that Christians do go through and love reading how the Lord is magnified throughout the book. We do go through and the stories address situations that I can identify with and they acknowledge God as the solution. I did not get bored or skip through the book at all. I have a great love for reading and have been truly blessed by finding the HeartQuest Books and knowing that Amazon.Com has many other African-Americn authors that I am looking forward to reading and purchasing their books.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading - Take You On an Emotional Ride! 20 Aug. 2002
By Tyora Moody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
What a powerful story of love, hope and faith Angela Benson has woven in Abiding Hope. If you read Awakening Mercy, you will be reintroduced to Marvin and Shay. We found out in the previous "Genesis House" novel, that this couple suffered a tremendous tragedy, the loss of their only son. After a separation, the two start their life again. At the beginning of this novel, the couple is relocating from Atlanta to Mississippi to start another Genesis House.
At some point in a relationship, a married couple (any couple) will be put to the test. The success of the marriage depends on how the couple handles conflicts and trials. The bliss of this renewed marriage is threatened when Shay becomes pregnant. Shay had been longing for another child and is overjoyed. Unfortunately, Marvin does not respond in the same way. Marvin's fear and reactions to this new child places a wedge between the couple. As this wedge gets deeper and deeper, Shay and Marvin must learn the hard way that their problems not only effect them but those around them.
The author does a great job NOT be one-sided in this novel. She could have easily pulled the reader to the expectant mother's side (especially those desiring children like this reader). You can easily think of Marvin as being overly silly and doubting God, but the author pushes the reader to view both sides. There is always two sides to a coin. I love how Benson brings the husband and wife to this realization.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! Demonstrates excellent Godly character!! 10 Dec. 2001
By Irene Nesbitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book! I could not place it down. I learned a lot from this book. First, I learned that you cannot live selfishly in a relationship because it can cause a lot of unneccessary hurt and pain. Secondly, I learned that you must place your trust totally in God and not in past experiences. Marvin was afraid to accept God's gift of love and hope again, due to his past experiences. Thirdly, I learned that relationships are more important to God than anything. Shay and Marvin gave Bo a second chance at life by spending time with him and allowing him to make his mistakes and at the same time constructively correcting him of his mistakes. Lastly, I learned that good friends are hard to come by. Shay's friend Vickie is such a committed and dedicated friend. Though Shay and Marvin experienced difficulties in their relationship, Vickie, nor their other friend Daniel never tried to come between them or take advantage of the problems in their marriage. Some people will try and manipulate your husband or wife and take advantage of them.
Angela Benson has written a marvelous novel and I'm sure it will bless many others as it has blessed me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alana's review 8 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book. I found both positive and negative thngs about it, but would overall recommend it, because of the message that is sent about God.
Initially, I found it to be somewhat dull at times. I didn't like the way it began because it didn't go into what happened to their son. Also, I felt more details were needed regarding Marvin's walking out on Shay. I wasn't completely convinced that Daniel was satisfied in his singleness and thought they left Vickie's issue of being single was left open. What did she do about being in love with Daniel?
The positive side was that it reflected a good sense of a relationship and how hard communication can be at times. I liked the struggles that each character faced. Especially the dialog that took place between Shay and Vickie (when Vickie confronted Shay about her actions toward Martin)
I thouroughly enjoyed the exhaltation to seek God, no matter what we feel or think of ourselves.
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