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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky

Marnie Wittier owns a bookstore/coffee shop and is content with her life as she knows it. She limits the interaction she has with people and is very protective of her past. Marnie deals with regrets, sorrows, and past sins by writing them down and stuffing them in a box, never to be addressed again. Her life begins to unravel when a fifteen-year-old boy with Down's syndrome arrives on her doorstep, turning her world upside down in the process.

Marnie is forced to deal with the hurts and burdens from her past. She no longer is able to sweep them under the rug and forget. In the process of remembering and letting go, she learns about forgiveness and redemption.

I found this book enjoyable to read, although sometimes it bogged down with lengthy flashbacks.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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