In A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances, author Trish Ryan picks up her story where she left off in her first book. In He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, she told the story of how a new-age dabbler turned to Jesus for relationship advice and ended up with a "happily-ever-after" husband and a newfound Christian faith. In her second book she offers an "applied spirituality," testing her beliefs to see if they really work. As you read of Trish's struggles with infertility, depression, body image, and sex, you'll be encouraged with the nuggets of wisdom found along the way.
About the Author:
Trish Ryan was a veteran spiritual seeker who had tried everything from feng shui to astrology. It's an interesting story of of how she turned to Jesus. She was looking for love. Ryan was the quintessential successful thirty something, with a career as an attorney. She had a nice car and lots of dates. But her catalog of relationships horror stories reads like a chick-lit novel: men who cheated, men who left her, world-class bad dates, including one who walked himself out of the closet during dessert. She watched popular TV preacher Joyce Meyers and listened to Christian music CD's. She wanted what they had but she didn't want to tell anybody. Ultimately, Ryan responded to "the invitation to walk toward Jesus at whatever pace you are called." She says, "Jesus was there." Embracing his offer of salvation--her restless soul found peace. She now lives in Boston with her husband.
You know sometimes when you request a book for review you think you have a feel for what you will be reading....in this book "A Maze of Grace" by Trish Ryan I sure thought I did but boy was I wrong! I found this book to be sooo much more than what I "thought" I was going to find. Never have I read a more honest, or authentic account of someone's desire to find what is missing in their life. I love that Trish titled this a MAZE of grace because truly that is how it seemed to me. She went here, then there, then this way or that way but it wasn't until she found Jesus that she realized that maybe the other doors or roads only led her to seek more and with Jesus she no longer felt the need to look elsewhere.
"This is the most honest book I've read in a long time" said my friend Clif from Musings of a Minister and quite frankly I couldn't agree more! No matter what came against Trish Ryan she looked it square in the eye and dealt with it ~ honestly and throughly. I like that! I am alot like that so I could really relate to her and I would recommend this book for sure!
Thank you to the Hachette Group for allowing me the complimentary issue of this book in return for this honest review.