Friday, November 15, 2013

To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel, ©2013

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . .
and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.
Matthew and Julia Whittaker have decisions to make to further attempt to save their son from imminent death if a type O blood donor isn't found and a match cannot be made. Their friends and acquaintances have been typed. Although some have matching type O blood, for other ailments, they are not cleared to be donors for Dillon.

Back to square one. Julia must go into her past and search to find her two daughters she released for adoption before meeting her husband, Matt. Both are young women now and although they were each told they were adopted by their family, they have not been in contact with their birth mother. Julia must try to see if Dillon's half-sisters are a match to be a liver donor for him.

With a private jet and pilot at her disposal, Julia and Matt track down the sisters and she goes to them individually. Both daughters have lives of their own that are in turmoil. They are unaware of each other. They agree to be tested a-f-t-e-r meeting their birth fathers. Lives that are unsuspecting.

It is a little difficult in the beginning to travel back and forth in time periods, between now and her reminiscence of her time with the birth fathers ~ one influenced by Julia's mother that his life needed to go on, and the other does not know she was expecting.

All lives are touched as they meet yesterday, clearing the way to live freely and openly today in what once was hidden. It is reminiscent of Lamentations 2:14 ~ my paraphrase ~ It is necessary for your iniquity to be exposed so as to release you from captivity; and Luke 8:17, "There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light." They are strengthened as they are honest to face, however hard it seems. Exposure has freed them to receive God's grace and forgiveness. By forgiving others we are no longer held captive. By forgiving ourselves, we are able to receive what He has already provided for us. Freedom from what entraps us releases the full life intended for us.

At the back of the book is an overview of The Fantasy Fallacy, by Shannon Ethridge, which goes further into sexual and emotional fantasies as an avenue to fulfillment, to recognize and heal emotional pain from unresolved tragedies and traumas. In this story one of the daughters was held in bondage to what she felt she couldn't express in her known life. She resorted to on-line chat that ended almost in a tragic outcome.

***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a copy of To Know You to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

TO KNOW YOU | Win a Personal Coaching Session with Shannon Ethridge and $100 to Lisa Leonard Designs!

Shannon Ethridge is celebrating the release of  To Know You (co-written by Kathryn Mackel), by giving away a $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs and a personal coaching session, as well as throwing a Facebook Author Chat Party!


One winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 19th. Winner will be announced at the "To Know You" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 19th. Connect with Shannon and friends for an encouraging evening of fun chat, book club discussion, giveaways, and a chance to win a PERSONAL COACHING SESSION WITH SHANNON!

So grab your copy of To Know You and join Shannon on the evening of November 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER or Pinterest and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on 11/19!

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