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by Cathy Liggett
From the back cover:
Coming through the airport terminal door, Gabby paused on the sidewalk and squinted into the sun. A stout lady standing next to a young girl caught her eye. The woman’s coral blouse looked stretched to its limits, as did the flared, brightly colored patterned skirt she wore, both a beautiful contrast with her dark skin.
What an unlikely-looking welcoming committee, Gabby considered. But maybe we look just as odd to them. Four women coming from the other side of the world―to do what? Save them? Save South Africa?
If they only knew. She couldn’t speak for the rest of her group. But didn’t she need someone just as badly to save her from herself?
When four women embark on a mission trip to South Africa, they all have selfish reasons for going. What none of them expects is how profoundly their lives will be transformed by those they meet.
A moving story about the power of faith and hope to overcome even the most tragic circumstances, Beaded Hope was inspired by a nonprofit organization of the same name. Learn more about it at www.beadedhope.com. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this novel will go to support Beaded Hope.
About the author:
Coney Island was never at the top of my list when I was a kid (scaredy cat!). My favorite places were the library, the card shop and hardware stores. As my husband will tell you, it’s a good thing that books were my first love. I’m a lot better at fixing up characters in stories than anything that involves a hammer and nails or even super glue. Besides writing, I enjoy impromptu visits from our two grown kids and doing the empty-nester thing with my one true love. We’re also enjoying the latest addition to our family, a Boxer mix named Chaz.
Please visit me at www.cathyliggett.com. I’d love to hear from you.
When we step out in faith to serve others, often we are more deeply impacted ourselves.
The four main characters of Beaded Hope may have been trying to escape or fulfill some personal goal, but God used the women of Africa to change them.
I personally found Beaded Hope to be a bit predictable, but my book club friends loved the story! The characters were women we could relate to, and the reminders were significant.
One thing I particularly appreciated was that the “salvation scene” I was sure would be there, wasn’t. I don’t say that to mean in any way that salvation or the gospel message is bad. But it would have been so expected. I loved the way the gospel was shared, however, in a way that likely had an even greater impact.
Beaded Hope is a sweet reminder of our blessings and the faithfulness of the God we serve. May it also be a reminder to step out in faith to serve in whatever capacity the Lord is calling us.