This Decade-Spanning Novel of Family and Faith Will Delight
Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty years ago, she has a debilitating stroke.
Carrying a secret of her own, Ella arrives back in Wise, West Virgina, to help her aunt Sadie care for Perla. Both know the woman wanted to tell them something, but she's now locked in silence. Together they begin looking into the past, but they may learn more than they expected.
Will they have the courage to share their hearts? Or will the truth remain buried forever?
Review of "A Tapestry of Secrets" from The Book Matron
“A Tapestry of Secrets” by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a warm heartfelt novel of three women, Perla seeking redemption, Sadie her true identity and Ella an unknown future and a genuine love. All three women must find the courage to join together to find the peace and answers they are seeking to build a future of lasting friendship and love.
Perla Phillips has been forgiven of her sins long ago, but the past keeps coming back to haunt her. A strained relationship with her daughter Sadie leaves her wanting to confess a secret she has kept buried most of her life. A debilitating stoke now leaves her powerless to communicate and Sadie more frustrated than ever. Putting more strain on an already stressed relationship, Ella tries to help grandmother Perla in her rehabilitation and smooth the relationship between mother and daughter. However, both mother and daughter are stubborn making progress slow. Thoroughly frustrated, Sadie asks Ella to combine forces to discover the secret Perla has long kept buried in her past. While Ella is assisting both Perla and Sadie she must work through her own struggles, a failed engagement and a struggling relationship with God. All this while fighting her attraction to Seth, a good man that can offer everything she has ever wanted. Together with the Lord’s help, all three woman will eventually find what they are searching for, love, peace and lasting friendship.
I liked the characters Sarah Loudin Thomas has created in her novel. They are warm and friendly giving the whole novel a down home country feel. You want to get to know the characters and be invited over for coffee and dessert. The women she creates are strong but loving, smart but sensitive and all are gently flawed. “A Tapestry of Secrets” makes you want to sit back with a cup of coffee or tea and get comfy in your favorite chair and enjoy.
If you enjoy good Christian fiction this one’s for you. You will enjoy the growth and development of the characters and the love and support the neighboring community has for one another. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and know you will too. I appreciate being given an advanced copy from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s “Little Way” has been embraced by people of all walks of life. InTwelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart, author Susan Muto explores twelve facets of St. Thérèse’s simple spiritual path as a way to personal holiness and the secret to being a powerful witness to Christ in the world today.
Though she lived only to the age of twenty-four and spent almost her entire life at her family home and in the Carmelite convent, St. Thérèse of Lisieux displayed a love for Jesus and a passion for his gospel that have made her the patroness of the missions. The “Little Flower’s” humility and childlike trust are still powerful examples of how ordinary people can grow closer to Jesus and respond to Pope Francis’s call for a new evangelization.
The calls to holiness and to witness to Christ can seem daunting, but as Susan Muto—renowned speaker and expert on Carmelite spirituality—explains, Thérèse shows us that they are neither difficult nor dramatic. The Little Way can be lived by any of us, even with what Thérèse called the “ministry of the smile.”
With deep insight and warm personal devotion, Muto explains the Little Way and will help you put twelve dimensions of it into practice, drawing others to Christ by living a simple, joyful life. These twelve ways, derived from the example of Thérèse, are:
Learn to love the hidden life
Appreciate what a treasure the ordinary is
Trust in Divine Mercy as little children do
Receive the sacraments devoutly day after day
Abandon yourself to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Foster friendship with God and others
Take up your cross and follow Jesus
Simplify your life
Let God free you to be your best self
Commit yourself—body, mind, and spirit—to living the Gospel
Leave a legacy of evangelical virtues others want to cultivate
Muto features short quotations from the saint’s autobiography, poetry, letters, and prayers, as well as perceptive reflection questions and personal prayers to show how imitating Thérèse can make us a powerful force of love. Muto also offers practical spiritual advice for those who want to deepen their faith and are attracted to the simplicity of St. Thérèse’s Little Way.
Review of Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart by The Book Matron
Susan Muto’s “Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart” takes the reader on a journey using the simple philosophy of St. Therese of Lisieux to assist us in our part of the evangelical mission of the Church to bind ourselves to Christ by doing the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary. It’s all about realizing we can use the most unremarkable and routine, even wearisome daily moments of our lives to achieve holiness and become shining examples of God’s love to others.
Using her knowledge of this saint known as The Little Flower, Dr. Muto breaks down this process into twelve dimensions explaining how each relate to St. Therese’s “Little Way” and how they in turn can affect and transform our lives. Each facet is simplistic but allows the reader to realize that holiness can be accomplished no matter how complex or simple our lives. Holiness can be achieved if we but abandon ourselves to God and free ourselves of what binds us to this world. We don’t have to be pastors or well know evangelizers, we only have to be ourselves and take advantage of everyday occasions in order to become little saints and a blessing to others.
I really liked the way this book was laid out for the reader. For those who are curious but have no knowledge of St. Therese a brief history was given of this great saint, her childhood and her time spent in Carmel. The author then proceeded to lay out the twelve facets of evangelization according to St. Therese’s “Little Way” and enumerate examples to emulate her in their own life. The gem after each facet was the reflections and closing prayer. Not only was the reader learning, but able to reflect on their own personal life and how to apply what was given in that particular facet. The closing prayer applied to what was just learned and was a beautiful way to end each segment.
I really enjoyed “Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart”. It was a beautiful lesson in so many ways. Anyone wanting to learn more about the “Little Flower” and her “Little Way” must read this book. Anyone yearning to increase their faith and become an example of God’s love needs to read this book. You will learn that holiness is achievable for you and your loved ones through the simplicity of the hidden life and simple ordinary days.
I was privileged to receive a copy of Susan Muto’s “Twelve Ways to Transform Your Heart” through NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Life without love is fire without flame....
In our time, wonder has disappeared. Most believe in what is seen, others in what is heard, yet a few know something eternal guides them.
When Vincent steals his older brother’s girl, Noemi, someone is going to die. Three lives, once ascending to greatness, are pitched into chaos. Jak, after months of searching, finds his younger brother, Vincent, while Noemi faces certain death. On one hand, Vincent can save her, yet others will die for their love.
Hearts prided on rational choices waver. Logic conflicts with reality, and emotion, not reason, decides the future.
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