Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Heart of the Country... a book review AND contest!

Heart of the Country

Heart of the Country, by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward, is a modern-day retelling of the Prodigal Son.  In this book there are two prodigals who are unknowingly lost and don't realize it until life knocks them down.... literally to their knees.

born and raised in a wealthy New York City family 
His life set before him, if only he reaches and grabs hold.

a daughter of a country family. 
Mother dead.  Father aging.  Distant and aloof sister.

God-ordained collisions... 
a Ponzi scheme which rocked Wall Street
a parent's impending death

Life can be hard.  We all know that because we have lived through some pretty bad situations.  In Heart of the Country, we are drawn into the lives of Luke, Faith, Olivia and more as they first assert themselves, then as they learn to lean on God and family to see them through their personal trials.

Rene Gutteridge and John Ward have done a remarkable job bringing these characters to life, so we can relate to them and share their burdens, hopes, and dreams.  I love reading books that I can internalize and learn from.  Thanks Rene and John!

Here are two of my favorite chunks of wisdom from the book:

"Sometimes 'all we had' is not close to 'all that could be.' 
Sometimes you have to lose the thing you think is perfect
to see the better thing on the other side."
How many times do I settle for second best?  Why do I fight so hard to be 'right'
instead of forgiving and letting the past go?  Why do I fail to see the GOOD
God has waiting for me if only I trust in Him?

"Not gone.  Just temporarily removed.  God promises that one day
all of our tears will be wiped away.  Until then, we dig our way
through this mess (daily life) with our hands."
As a believer, I know I will see my loved ones again in heaven.  Until then,
I need to go about the work God has given me while here on this earth.

Now, on to the Heart of the Country CONTEST...

If you buy the ebook for $2.99 (retail $13.99) by March 15, 2012, you will receive a code that will allow you to enter the 'Star for the Day' contest.  The grand prize winner and a guest will be flown to the set of the film, stay in the cast hotel, and get the full movie-set experience with all the other cast members. They will have a star trailer, go through wardrobe, makeup, and hair, and have a speaking part in a scene of the movie Heart of the Country!  And remember, the contest ends March 15, 2012.

Click HERE to purchase the ebook from ibookstore, Amazon,, or Barnes and Nobles.  Then, enter your contest code for a chance to win the grand prize!

So, go ahead.  Purchase a great book at a terrific price and enter to win your chance at being a star!

I received a complimentary copy of Heart of the Country from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.



1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a good book! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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