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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Redeeming Grace

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Redeeming Grace
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas;
1st edition (February 28, 2013)
Ward Tanneberg

Ward Tanneberg is a pastor/writer/novelist who has given more than 50 years to evangelism, youth, college and pastoral ministry, including two Pacific Northwest churches and 23 years as the senior pastor at Valley Christian Center in Dublin, CA. In 2008, he was named President/Executive Director of The CASA Network. Ward speaks extensively at 50+ retreats and ministry leadership events in the USA and elsewhere. When at home he meets weekly with a group of business and professional leaders. He and Dixie have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and a great grandson.
Ward can be reached through the Contact link on his Website.

Seven years ago, Grace Grafton died in a boating accident while partying on the Georgia, South Carolina coast. Was her death the result of alcohol and drugs or something more sinister? Nobody knows: her body was never recovered. Now years later, a woman reads in disbelief the note addressed to her: Hello Grace, did you think we wouldn't find you?
Those nine chilling words end Grafton's self-imposed sanctuary of witness protection. Now she and everyone she loves are in grave danger. Long believed dead, she has a secret that can change the world. She knows the man running for president is guilty of a double murder! But who will believe her? If you would like to read the first chapter of Redeeming Grace, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
What a ride!  This is the first book by Mr. Tanneberg that I've read and I am hooked!  The book is lengthy at 597 pages; however, don't let that detour you from reading.  Mr. Tanneberg employs the "flashback" method in telling Grace's story and does it well; he keeps you turning pages.  At times, I almost forgot I was reading a novel...the story is contemporary and seems as if it is ripped straight from the headlines of the evening news.  The story is full of well-developed and rich characters who are believable.
The book is published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.The only negative thing I have about the book is the editing is a little sloppy in several places.  For a couple of spots, paragraphs are repeated; it appeared that the "unedited" or cut portions got printed along with the corrected parts.
I will certainly be looking for future works by Mr. Tanneburg.
*Added after email from author:  The copy of Redeeming Grace that I read was an "Advanced Copy" of the book provided through CFBA to the blog reviewers.  The publishing company is aware of the errors and are correcting them prior to final copies.
Happy Reading,


Ward Tanneberg said...

Thank you for your review of the advanced copy of Redeeming Grace. Lighthouse is doing some final edits in preparation for bookstore availability at the end of the month. For several years Grace remained in hiding, scattered about in my computer files, wondering if she would be found. Now she's no longer Savannah's "best kept secret."

If you've not done so already, would you consider posting your review on Amazon, Goodreads and any other blog site to whIch you usually post? It would be a great help. Thanks again.