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Publisher's Summary

2013 Midwest Publishing Awards Show Honorable Mention

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support, and personal revelation.

©2013 Sharon Garlough Brown (P)2014 Sharon Garlough Brown

Critic Reviews

"Filled with spiritual insight, truth, beauty, and discovery - not to mention deft and beautiful prose. A story to open eyes, to comfort and remind us of the importance of relationship." Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author of Havah: The Story of Eve

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Amazing Story!

I love this book. Albeit "fiction", the truths & teachings found within are solid and Life-Changing! I couldn't wait to get back to listening to it. The narrator has the most beautiful, peaceful voice. Perfect for conveying the essence of the writer's words! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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Life changing and transforming...

Loved it! Narrator did a great job! Easy to listen to. couldn't stop listening at times. We're reading this book as apart of a book club at our church and it was just what we all needed right before our retreat!
I could relate to all main characters in some form and I was right there on that emotional journey with all of them.
Message that stuck with me was, sticking with what stirs me... that was the first message that has opened the door for the Spirit to do His work... It's been a great journey with these women and the disciplines learned has reawaken my hunger to delve deeper into God's love.

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Wonderful book

This is probably one if the best books I have either read or listened to! If you are looking for help in your walk with God, then this is a must! Give you some food for thought!

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  • DK
  • Indianapolis, IN United States
  • 05-31-16

Thought provoking

This lead me on a Spiritual Retreat on my own.
A time of self discovery. Leading to a deeper relationship with God and Jesus.

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Life changing!

This was such an awesome book! It could be great for a study group and really helped me look inside myself and peeled off a few onion layers that helped me get even closer to God!

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Life Changing

I can relate to all 4 characters in the book. What a great story and learning experience.

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Must read!

This is a life changing book! I love the perspective in which the book was written.

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New favorite book!

Such an insightful book that I’m sure will help me in my own spiritual journey. Well written and read! I ordered the study guide to go with it. So many things I want to revisit!

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Boring, boring, boring, and narrator only reads.

I almost always search for books with a Christian aspect, but this "story" is more of a new age inner-man study/self-help book. Not much story at all, as if the characters were written only to be tools of teaching. The narrator s/l she is just reading and every character's voice sounds the same so you have to pay very close attention to the names. I wasn't even able to finish the book, only made it to ch. 5 (but almost every chapter is at least an hour long), and it never got any better. It talks very in-depth about walking a spiritual meditation labyrinth and other similar new age pilgrimage, sacred journey, inner labyrinth, spiritual director type things, and something about lectio divina, sacred reading??? Anyway, too much new-age type stuff for me, and waaayyy too boring, and not much actual story. Will try to return and will not be listening to any more by this author or this narrator, they both go on my NO list.

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Great story

It was Well written. makes you think, good characters. Good for Spiritual reflection's. read Slow and obsorb What it is saying.

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  • Miss V Wilson
  • 08-27-17

Precious treasure

Sensible Shoes had me captivated from the outset. It is deeply rich and challenging and there is precious treasure to be found in the pages. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. And my heart is stirred to see Sharon lead a spiritual retreat here in Scotland. Watch this space!

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  • Klara Gaglia
  • 08-05-18

New Apostolic Reformation Warning

As a novel it’s quite well written. Not exactly gripping but a passable chick-lit. For as much as I could listen the narration was clear and easy to listen to. Maybe a little too superficial for my liking, but I suppose she could only work with what she had.

My reason for choosing to return the book before it hardly got past character introductions, (it does drag on), is that I found conformation to a nagging concern. It may not even cause another to bat an eyelid, or may even be a positive aspect for someone else. For me, I see the works and teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation and its works, along with associated movements, such as the Emergent Church and Ecumenicalism, to be blatant apostate deception as what we are warned of throughout the New Testament regarding the End Times which we are now in. This, to me, was like listening to propaganda/advertisement for the NAR.

If this is not a bother to you then you may enjoy what appears fairly pleasant to be a “Christian” chick-lit long weekend novel.

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  • MISS BRM BRANNIGAN
  • 08-01-18

So hard to put down!

Seemed a bit heavy to start with but once I got into it, it was so hard to put down, well written, great insight, and you walk away feeling like you've made four new friends in your life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-18

Great Book

Really enjoyed it!! Played the audio book while driving. Will be going on to Book 2 now :)