9/28/2011

Cherished

A Novel of Unconditional Love
Kim Cash Tate
Women of Faith Fiction
2011
Thomas Nelson
Fiction/Contemporary

CBR Review:

Kelli has carried hurt, anger and betrayal around for seven years, will a move back to her home town change her heart?  Singing a song she wrote for her baby, at her brother's wedding opens up old wounds.  Wounds that she has pushed down and blocked, and now are in her face needing to be dealt with.  Opting to move back to St. Louis maybe her undoing though, when she runs into Brian, the one man she had hoped to never see again.  Her baby's father.  Her aborted baby's father.  Baggage in her heart and life has kept Kelli from God.  Will she learn how to love and serve God again?
Heather was a young woman determined to make it in the music industry, no matter what she had to do, but after an affair with a married man, and then a one night stand with a drum player in a Christian rock band, she hits bottom when she realizes that her life is going nowhere, and she is turning into someone she doesn't even know or want to be.  A call to a trusted choir leader, leads Heather straight into the arms of the Lord.  But will her past destroy her future?  Only time and God knows. 
Two young women, with totally different backgrounds, yet both in need of God's unconditional love.  This book kept me up until four a.m. I was determined to finish it!  I cried buckets of tears for the hurt both of these women had in their lives.  I was able to relate to them, and felt like they were old friend going through a hard time.  I enjoyed this book so much!  I definitely would share it with others and I am happy to give it a 5 star rating. 

This book was provided for review purposes only by B & B Media Group.  No payment was received for this review. 

Media Release
Why is forgiving ourselves so hard?
Kim Cash Tate shows how God cherishes us and provides our hearts’ desires.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Kim Cash Tate explores Psalm 103:12 as she takes her readers down the path to God’s forgiveness and reconciliation in her newest novel, Cherished. Readers will discover that God can still use them in spite of their worst choices. And He doesn’t just forgive them, but they are truly cherished!
Tate’s story will show her readers how God can bring beauty from ashes. She has a unique way of weaving her characters’ lives together, leading back to one great point—God’s tremendous mercy and grace. In the words of one of her characters, “I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like it would take a while to work my way back into God’s good graces, but it was like…”—she flung wide her arms—“…He just embraced me.” We too can be embraced by the same great love when we learn that true forgiveness for ALL of our sins is right before us.
Growing up in Saint Louis, Kelli London dreamed of becoming a songwriter and glorifying God with her songs of praise. But after falling into sin, she walks away from her dreams. Heather Anderson’s life has spun out of control—first an affair with a married man and then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band. Broken and alone, she discovers the only one who can save her. Brian Howard grew up as a science geek. But after making the worst mistake of his life after high school, he finds forgiveness in Christ and is being led down a completely different path. Now he must choose whether to continue pursuing his PhD in biochemistry or to become a full time Christian rapper.
In her interviews, Tate discusses topics such as:
· Learning to forgive ourselves
· Choosing to forgive others and allowing God to change them
· Following the dreams God has for us
· Surrounding ourselves with Christian friends who will pray for and encourage us
· Understanding God’s unchanging love
Tate was a speaker for Women of Faith in both 2010 and 2011. She appeared as the cover girl for the May issue of Empowering Everyday Women and will be featured in the September edition of Significant Living. A song based on Cherished will be featured on the newest album for Da’ T.R.U.T.H., a Christian wrapper. Tate is also the founder of Colored in Christ Ministries. Her appeal as a Bible teacher and a “big sister” in ministry, as well as her messages of hope, is what attracts discerning fiction lovers worldwide.
Tate’s characters bring a reflection of our own poor choices. Readers walk away knowing that despite their worst mistakes, they are cherished by their Creator. “The enemy will try to make you feel guilty about your past, and he’ll use your own thoughts or he’ll use other people. But if you know who you are, he won’t succeed,” says Tate.

Cherished by Kim Cash Tate

Thomas Nelson/September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-855-9/336 pages/paperback/$15.99

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