Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Necessary Heartbreak by Michael J. Sullivan


An extraordinary journey back in time shows a struggling single dad that the faith he's lost is still alive—and stronger than ever. . . .

Michael Stewart has weathered his share of past hardships: a troubled childhood, the loss of his mother, even the degradation of living on the city streets. Now he's raising his teenaged daughter, Elizabeth, on his own and doing the best he can at work and at home. But he's turned his back on his faith—that is, until the morning Michael and Elizabeth volunteer for a food pantry at their local church.

While storing boxes in the basement, they step through a mysterious door . . . and find themselves in first-century Jerusalem during the tumultuous last week of Jesus Christ's life. It is a dangerous and violent place, where doing what your heart tells you is right can get you imprisoned—or worse—and they are thankful to take refuge with a kind widow.

But when they come face to face with Judas Iscariot and the condemned Christ himself, Michael realizes that before they can escape Jerusalem, he must experience history's most necessary and shattering heartbreak—and that pain and loss must happen if Michael is to be set free: to live, love, and reclaim the blessings he has in the present day.

MY TAKE:  I chose this as one of the books that I read during the Dewey Read-A-Thon.  I was happy that I did because it not only kept my attention but I found a very thought provoking book and I have thought about it several times over the last couple of day.  I knew that the days of Christ weren't pretty but I guess I like so many of us have the scenes in our heads from countless Sunday School Classes and picture books.  This book brought to light just how brutal that period of time could be especially to women.    It also tells the story of a man's journey from lack of faith to spititual awakening.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants an edge of your seat read but with a spiritual message.  Great book.

I am writing this as a part of a blog tour.  Visit the sites below for what they thought of the book.

  Necessary Heartbreak: Tuesday, April 20th

Drey’s Library: http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/

Dragonflies ‘n Daydreams: http://dragonfliesndaydreams.blogspot.com/

Book Junkie: http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com/

I Read: http://sumanam.wordpress.com/

Just One More Paragraph: http://tweezlereads.blogspot.com/

My Friend Amy: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/

Starting Fresh: http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/

Frugal Plus: http://frugalplus.com/

Broken Teepee: http://www.brokenteepee.blogspot.com/

Rundpinne: http://www.rundpinne.blogspot.com/

The Bibliophilic Book Blog: http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com/

The Avid Reader: http://www.tarmyblogspot.blogspot.com/

Jeanne's Ramblings: http://www.jeannesramblings.com/

Blog Business World: http://www.blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com/

A Journey of Books: http://ajourneyofbooks.halfzero.net/

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews: http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Simply Stacie: http://stacievaughansblog.blogspot.com/

Bibliophile’s Retreat: http://bibliophilesretreat.com/

The Book Tree: http://thebooktree.blogspot.com/

You Wanna Know What I Think? : http://www.kballard87.blogspot.com/

Libby’s Library News: http://www.libslibrary.blogspot.com/

Book Tumbling: http://booktumbling.com/

I Heart Monster: http://www.iheartmonster.com/

Wendy’s Minding Spot: http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/

Pam’s Private Reflections: http://hip2bhomeschooling.blogspot.com/

My Book Views: http://my-book-views.blogspot.com/

Write For A Reader: http://www.writeforareader.blogspot.com/

I Heart Book Gossip: http://juniperrbreeeze.blogspot.com/

This Book For Free: http://thisbookforfree.com/

Mad Hatter Mom: http://madhattermom.com/

Books Reviews by Buuklvr81: http://www.buuklvr81.blogspot.com/

Arms of a Sister: http://www.armsofasister.com/

Books and Needlepoint: http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/

A Room Without Books Is Empty: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/

Country Bookshelf: http://www.countrybookshelf.blogspot.com/

Bellas Novella: http://www.bellasnovella.com/

I Heart Books: http://luv-books.blogspot.com/

Loving Heart Mommy: http://www.lovingheartmommy.com/

I Thank Sarah at Gallery and Pocket books for the opportunity to read and review this book. I did no treceive any money for this book and didn't have to write a positive review.

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