Review: Mocked By Faith: Healing The Faith – Michele Richard
From the moment, they’d met, Alexia and Justin McNear’s life has been anything but peaceful. Contracted to marry, they never set eyes upon one another until they day they were to say ‘I do’. Yet they were willing to overcome this fact, praying they’d able to trust one another and find the love they’d always been looking for.
For a time, everything was perfect and nothing could come between them. Until the moment their were lives were further thrown into turmoil when they found out they were expecting not one, but two, babies. Life was hectic because of this, but the two were determined to work together in overcoming the trials and tribulations that God was throwing into their path.
Their faith was further tested when one of the twins died in the womb due to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Grieving over the loss of her second child, Alexia tries her best to be there for Justin whenever he needed her. Yet, at times, she was so lost within her grief that she hardly noticed the things happening outside of her little bubble.
When the church’s money goes missing, the minister’s decide it’s time for its members to band together in hopes of hunting down the culprit and acquiring what rightfully belongs to them. When Justin and his cousin’s are drafted to go to England in search of the rogue minister, this decision does not sit well with Alexia and her two best friend’s.
Justin’s decision to fulfill the task throws another kink into the couple’s happiness. While Alexia knows about behind what occurred at re-virgining retreat, Justin knows that in order to set things right completely, he needs to face his demons head on. In his mind, going after Mark will allow him to do just that.
Alexia’s bitterness over everything she and her husband have gone through in so short a time impede her reason. She soon spirals downward into a path of destruction, never once taking into account the reasons behind her husband’s leaving. In her mind, he’s supposed to always be there to protect her and their child and not be romping around on the other side of the world. It doesn’t matter that he’s trying to set things straight for both the church and himself.
Tensions mount as the search for Mark continues. Despite their differences, the couple knows there’s a lot they need to fix in order to truly find happiness. Not only for themselves, but for the children they have been them.
This was such a heart-wrenching story. The pain, heartache, and sorrow could be felt with every turn of the page. The story is gripping from the very moment you begin reading. So much so, that you find yourself wanting to know what happens next and whether Alexia and Justin finally find happiness.
While this is not your conventional love story, Michele did a wonderful job in setting the stage for continuing the story from where Mocked By Faith left off. We were able to glean a better understanding of Alexia and Justin’s world, as well as the environment surrounding their faith.
We’re also given glimpses of the myriad of characters that give this story a deeper meaning. Healing The Faith has quite a few lessons hidden within its pages – lessons that we can all relate to and even apply to our own lives.
I enjoyed the story immensely and can’t wait for what Michele has in store next for us with her writing. If you haven’t read Mocked By Faith, I definitely recommend doing so in order to catch up with the story. It’ll give you a better understanding in regards to the things that happen in this one. You’re sure to enjoy it just as much as I did!
Release Date: February 9, 2012
Available for purchase via the following retailers: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House.
Synopsis: Just saying “I do” was only the beginning for Alexia and Justin McNear. Now when their lives, loves, and faith are left in turmoil, they will have to fight even harder to heal themselves and their faith. Can two people already struggling help heal the communities they call home?
How do you rebuild after the loss of a child? After suffering a tragedy, are these two lost to each other forever?
With all the church’s money missing, the hunt for the tyrant will take Mark, an exminister, Justin, and his twin cousins away from their secluded, gated community and into the real world while leaving their wives behind to pick up the pieces. Can Justin survive it again?
Or will returning to the retreat that once abused him be his end?
Alexia, Madison, and Ginger will need to be strong and independent with their men gone. Left to raise their child alone, Alexia will make decisions that will affect their marriage and lives. Will they be the right ones?
Raised in a community where the men run everything, these three families will have to fight to survive the coming changes.
The temptations run high in this sequel to Mocked by Faith, but hope is not lost, and they will learn how to heal their faith.
About The Author:
Michele Richard is the proud mother of 2 daughters. Married since 1997 to a wonderful husband, who for 25 years has been her best friend and supporter. Being an overly creative and caring person, she has been a volunteer co-leader for the Girl Scout Troop for five years. She takes great pride in teaching and guiding our future generations.
Her desire to continue her education drove her to attend night classes at Waltham High School. She refuse to just let life be. There is too much to learn than to stand by and watch it go by. Though she is not fluent yet in either, she has learned to speak French and Spanish in school. One day her dream is to be fluent in both.
”I supposed that makes me a lover of languages. Never stop learning is my motto.”
Travel is one of her great passions. Having seen the beaches of the Bahama’s, Aruba and Mexico to the deserts of Utah and Arizona, her personal favorite was bicycling down Mount Vail and standing on top of the Intercontinental Divide, followed closely by the Grand Canyon.
“America is truly a beautiful place to see. I recommend seeing as much of it as you can.”
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