Brenda S. Anderson
Marriage counselor Debbie Verhoeven excels at piecing broken families together, so she never imagined her own perfect family could be fractured.
When Debbie learns the child she’s carrying has Down syndrome, she takes the news in stride, but her husband, Jerry, begins suffering debilitating panic attacks that strike at his marriage, family, and faith.
Struggling to hold her family together, Debbie turns to her older brother for support, but he suggests the unthinkable. With no one else to turn to, her once-strong faith begins to crumble.
For the first time in her life, Debbie needs someone to lean on, but who is left to be strong for her?
Karen on Goodreads wrote:
This book is very well written, and for me it was pretty profound. Just like the main character, Debbie, in my quest to be self-sufficient, I too forget to never ask for help, and my foundation becomes rocky. But as the book states, "Jesus mortars all our broken pieces together... I have to remember that a certain carpenter promised to carry the load for me. I don’t have to do it alone. It’s okay to ask for help.” And just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.
Thank you for this wonderful book and for reminding this independent, self-sufficient woman that God is always there to help carry my burdens, because I know that I am not strong enough to carry them all myself. He may actually put more on me than I can bear, but it because He is always there to help.
Take time to read this book, you will be very glad you did.
I found Pieces of Granite to be such a poignant read, so realistic that I felt I was right there with Debbie and Jerry as they struggled through their many family issues. I especially appreciated that none of the characters were sugar-coated; they were presented with all of their flaws and “cracked foundations”. Brenda Anderson did a fabulous job presenting the often controversial Downs Syndrome issue in a very sensitive fashion.
I especially loved little Kaitlynn and her child-like wisdom. The God-walks she enjoys with her parents really touched my heart.
As just the prequel, I look forward to reading the remaining books in the Coming Home series!
I received a copy of this book from JustRead Tours and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.