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Author Michelle Stimpson has a dynamic new addition to her Boaz Brown series, No Weapon Formed. This sequel invites the reader to delve into the lives, and marriage, of LaShondra and Stelson. Many Christian fiction authors only paint the prettiest pictures of the easiest relationships. Stimpson gives a realistic view of the dynamics of marriage, family relationships, and the inner conflict that takes place when someone questions if their marriage even stands a chance.
Although the series targets the challenges of the interracial marriage of LaShondra and Stelson, there are insightful moments for adult readers of all backgrounds, and stages of life. The author has a fabulous method of using humor to teach the lessons of her stories. You may recognize yourself, or people you know, in the zany mix of characters. If you have ever experienced conflict in your relationships, found yourself at odds with tradition, and had your faith challenged, then you will relate to, and enjoy this storyline. No Weapon Formed is quite the enjoyable read, and I found myself laughing loudly, and talking back to the book on several occasions. I look forward to more by Michelle Stimpson.
About The Author
Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults. In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking. Her works include the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Falling Into Grace. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company, Right Track Academic Support Services, at www.wegottaread.com. Michelle serves in women’s ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, in Dallas, TX. She regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored by churches, schools, book clubs and other positive organizations, and she has taught writing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington. Michelle lives near Dallas with her husband, their two teenage children, and one crazy dog.
About The Book
LaShondra and her Boaz, Stelson, are living the ideal American lifestyle, except for the subtle and not-
so-subtle ways society keeps reminding them that they aren’t the norm. She’s African-American, he’s Caucasian, and their oldest child is already tackling the question of identity. It’s bad enough when outsiders show their ignorance or disdain. But when the issues come from family, LaShondra finds herself wondering if Stelson can truly comprehend the challenges looming on the horizon.
When a church picnic leads to a head-on clash between LaShondra’s fears and Stelson’s optimism, the truth prevails. But that’s just the beginning. LaShondra learns that the drama during the family outing was only a set-up for an even more rigorous spiritual battle to save her family. After turning her back to the pressures at work and yielding to Stelson’s leadership, LaShondra finds herself interceding for a husband she hardly even recognizes anymore.
Is this the beginning of the end for the couple that truly endeavored to honor God’s ways, or will this season fortify their marriage for His glory?
Genre: Christian Fiction
Series: Boaz Brown
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 21, 2014)
Hwuuuuu. Sheeeee. Hwuuuuu. Sheeee.
“Stelson. Turn over on your stomach.” I shoved my husband’s shoulder, attempting to wake him.
Hwuuuuu. Sheeeee. Hwuuuuu. Sheeee.
“Stelson. Roll over.” A little louder, a little stronger push this time.
The television illuminated his glare at me, displaying the kind of anger that only a Church of God in
Christ usher gives a member chewing gum in the sanctuary. “What?”
I demanded, “Roll over. You’re snoring.”
“No, I’m not.”
“Yes, you are.”
“I’m not even sleep,” he protested.
“You think I woke you up so I could lie to you?” He crumpled up his face, flipped onto his stomach with a grumble and turned his head away. I didn’t care about him getting upset. He wasn’t the one who had to rise at 5:00 a.m. so he could work out, get himself dressed, and then get a 6 month old and a 4-year-old up, fed, dressed and at the daycare before 7:15 a.m.—all the while hoping to make it to work by 7:45 a.m. To be fair, Stelson would have helped with the kids if I’d asked him. But why should I have to ask? Shouldn’t it be instinctive to think, “Wow, my wife is really busting her behind with the kids. Since I have a morning off, I should use it to help her.”? Apparently this is not common sense. Within seconds, my husband was at it again. Only this time it wasn’t so much the sound as the annoying vibration of the rattle in his throat and nose. How have wives slept through snoring husbands for centuries?
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Just Jeanae received a promotional copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own, and were not influenced by any other factors. Many thanks to WNL Book Tours for the opportunity to support this release.