Beauty for Ashes

One of my favorite promises from God is that “all things work together for good for those who love God.” This verse gives me hope when life doesn’t make sense…and when I’m not sure that I’m making the right decisions. I know that as long as I’m putting my trust in Him and doing my best, all things will work together for good–maybe not in the way I want them to, but for His good.

Beauty for Ashes tells Carrie Daly’s story. Carrie is an orphan and a widow who lives with her only brother. Unfortunately, her brother is marrying a woman with undisciplined children–a woman who demands that Carrie serve her and her children and even give up her own room. In response, Carrie leaves, not even returning upon her brother’s request to help his now-pregnant wife as he leaves town in search of a job.

In the meantime, Carrie falls in love with Griff, a man who is in town only briefly to train a horse for a race intended to breathe life back into their dying town. Both Carrie and Griff are running away from their families, following their own way instead of listening to what God wants for them.

In doing so, Carrie misses a chance to say good-bye to her brother before he dies, and Griff misses the opportunity to have a relationship with his father. In the end, though, both find that God can bring beauty, even from the ashes of our bad decisions and selfishness.

This was an interesting read, though at times the story seems a bit implausible.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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