The Promise by Beth Wiseman

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About the book: 

Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

About the Author

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promiseseries and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series–Seek Me With All Your Heart–was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.
Find Beth online: website, Facebook, Twitter


My Review:

The adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is running through my mind, but there are a few positives I can think of for The Promise.  Firstly, after a few chapters, it did really draw me in to find out what would happen to Mallory.  The plot and setting were all interesting and not your norm.  I kept hoping that she wouldn’t make a stupid decision, and then was on the edge of my seat hoping she would make it out okay.  The fact that it was based on actual events was amazing in a frightening way.  My real issue, however, with this book was the fact that it was labeled a Christian fiction.  Frankly, I don’t feel it really belongs in that category.  I was confused because Tate and his family are Catholic, Mallory is sort of nothing, her family is Christian (I believe in name only), her boss and his fiance are Muslim, both couples lived together with suggested intimacy, and the main jist I feel the author was trying to get across religiously was that all religions are the same, it really just depends into which belief system you were born, so let’s forget about titles and names and all just love each other and whichever god we pray to, he will protect us.  That may seem harsh, I know, and I did enjoy the book and felt it was an important subject matter, but being called a Christian fiction book, I expected more.  So fair warning if this is not your thing.  Sorry, I cannot give my recommendation for this one.

*As a Litfuse blogger, I was sent this book for review purposes, and these are my honest opinions.


I know it’s been a bit heavy on the book reviews here lately.  I’m trying to get in a better blog groove, so expect more variety again…some fitness stuff, a beauty post, and some foodie stuff coming up!  :)

I Need You

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Sometimes, life has a way of getting our attention.  Actually, let me rephrase that…God has a way of getting our attention.  He uses our life circumstances and happenings to get our attention.  Sometimes, we choose to ignore Him.  We think we’ve got it all figured out on our own…we can handle it.  Or maybe we think we can’t handle, but surely neither could God, right?  I’m ashamed to admit it, but that has been me.  It might be big monumental life changes and things that really shake us to our core, or it might be just a still small voice that is calling out to us in the midst of silent despair.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s large or small, we need to heed that voice.

I went to a woman’s conference this past weekend.  The theme was “Under His Wings”, and while words like “protection”, “shelter”, “guide”, and “love” were key words, the overall takeaway I really got was of abiding…of not just knowing that God is our shelter and loves us, but that we actually need Him.  He’s not our last resort.  He’s not a crutch.  He is my everything.  That’s really powerful, and something I’m going to have to remind myself  It never gets old, does it?

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When good things are happening, I need Him.  When bad things are happening, I need Him.  He is my light and my salvation!  No matter what my circumstances may be, no matter if I feel I’ve failed God and others, no matter if I at times feel “cheated” or like my life could be so much better, I need Him and His light to shine in me and then shine out of me to others.  I might fail God and others, but He never fails.  I might feel cheated or like life could be better, but God is the best gift and is all that I need.  I might feel darkness and that my light grows dim, but God is the brightest light and brings light to the darkness.  Also, did you notice I “feel” these things, but God is truth, and truth is not really a feeling.  I need to saturate myself in the Light of His Word so that my thoughts/feelings/actions/…my life, all match up with the Truth.

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I had heard this song sung before, but as I was pondering what I was going to write here, I subconsciously started humming this song.  I don’t really believe in coincidences, so I will share it and hope it blesses someone.

I hope you will let Him be your Light.  Not just one of many little lights in your life, but THE light of your life.

I think the beautiful Light Collection from Dayspring (in particular, the necklace pictured above, available from {in}courage from Dayspring) is a great wearable reminder that I need Him.


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