FIRST Wild Card Tour: A Maze Of Grace (Giveaway)

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Today’s Wild Card author is:

Trish Ryan

and the book:

A Maze of Grace


My dream, ever since I was a little girl, was to be a super hero. Specifically, I wanted to be one of the Wonder Twins, meeting with Superman and Wonder Woman at the Hall of Justice on Saturday mornings to fight evil and save the world. Lacking a twin, I got a law degree instead, thinking it would give me evil-fighting super hero powers. As it turns out, I was wrong.

Shortly after realizing that I hated billable hours, I ended (read: fled) my career in law, and spent the next few years trying to make sense of the world. I couldn’t shake the belief that things could/should/would be different – better, somehow – if only I could figure out what really mattered. I wanted to know how things like spirituality and luck and intuition worked, and how I could make them work for me. So I embarked on a quest to find the right God, but spent much of my time trying to find the right guy. At a certain point, after accumulating a heaping pile of mistakes on both counts, I came to see that the two might be intertwined.

The good news is, after much trial and error, I finally found them both: the God, and the guy.

Now I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my super hero-husband Steve, and our genetically-improbable mixed-breed dog. I wrote a book about my search, “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After,” published by Hachette Book Group in 2008. The follow up, “A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances” will be in stores in June 2010. And while I sit at my laptop typing each day, the Wonder Twin dream lives on…

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Product Details:

List Price: $19.99
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (June 22, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446545813
ISBN-13: 978-0446545815  

My Review

I’m wondering where Trish Ryan was at the beginning of my marriage (I’m guessing I’ll have to read her first book to find out…), but I’m not sorry I found her writing even though I’m 16 years into mine.  Her words have encouraged me to look at marriage and life in a new way.

A Maze Of Grace focuses on Ryan’s first years of marriage, the struggles that ensued and the hurdles she conquered, written with such candor that the things she says just make sense.

Ryan’s happily ever after didn’t come served to her on a silver platter, and the wisdom she imparts in this book (that while deals with marriage on one level, is far more about just who women are in Christ), will have you laughing while you read it, but more importantly will have you pondering her words long after you’ve closed the cover.


Thanks to Hachette Book Group I have three copies to giveaway!

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Open to US & Canadian Residents ages 18+, ends June 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read my **Privacy/Rules statements and agree to them.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from Hachette Book Group.

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