Anvil Review-Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges

A while back, Grace sent me this wonderful anvil. She asked if I would ever use it against her. I told her without shame that yes, yes I would. The wielder of the anvil must do as the anvil instructs.

Not too long after that, I ordered a copy of Faith Awakened on recommendation of my good friend Kat Heckenbach, author of Finding Angel. She swore I would love this little book. It is only 172 pages. How can I fall in love with 172 pages? How can that skeleton of a book have enough meat to sate my imaginary appetite? Well, let me tell you.

In Faith Awakened, we run tandem with two stories…that of Mariah and Faith.

Mariah lives in a world where the end is near. Corrupt government has enslaved the people and banned any and all religion. Those caught speaking of the Awakener are shipped off to become government guinea pigs or worse…murdered outright. There are small groups of Awakened that meet secretly and ultimately form a resistance.

Faith lives a life of pure freedom and joy. She is secure in her daily routine, has family that loves her, enjoys an active church life and travels the globe. Problem…Faith has bouts of memory loss and struggles to make sense of why she IS. Not too awfully different from you and I.

How did I come to love this little book? Grace wrote it in first person, almost journal style. That right there should have made me close the book. Not the first person, I love first person, the journal style. I have my own journal. I have no desire to read someone else’s. But..there is always a but…Grace weaves excellent imagery into her words, beautiful truths that hold true whether you are in the end-days or the every-days. We are seekers of the truth and ultimately, it is all that can set us free.

Much like Kerry Nietz’s The Dark Trench Saga, Grace shows us that no matter where you are, if you seek God, He will find you.

Through the book, there are lyrics for songs. Grace wrote these songs alongside Ruth Wierer. You can find them HERE. Check them out if you get a chance.

There is one amazing quote I would like to share with all of you from Faith Awakened. As I read through tears, I laughed at the simplicity in these words.

“Pray harder.”

That is what we are to do in all things. Truly excellent simplicity. I’m quite fond of that.

Anvil Rating: 5 anvils

I highly recommend this book for you or as a gift. Lifted my spirits and made me realize how blessed we are to know our Father. How fortunate we are to know Him in a personal way in which He speaks to us in the world around us.

Again, a big thanks to all that have contributed to this weeks fun. Grace is worth any time or effort. From what I gather, she will always make a point of trying to help. What a gal.

Please leave a comment to be entered in the drawing of five excellent Splashdown Books’ titles. If you want to show your support to Grace and her team of creative minions at Splashdown Books, buy a book, write a review, share the anvil love. You won’t be sorry.

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About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

28 comments on “Anvil Review-Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges

  1. This is a book I have still not read. It looks like I will be reading it this next year. 😉

  2. Okay, you’ve got me going. My name is Susan, and I am a book-a-holic.

  3. And yet more wonderful things about Grace from people who ought to know. Either they’re all on the payroll, or she should have more cats. hehe!

  4. Awesome. Loved the book, in fact, just sent it home with my baby brother who was longing for a good book to read (also sent him home with the sequel to “A Star Curiously Singing”, which, having read the first book, made him rather excited.)

  5. Aww, thanks again everyone. You’re too much. Best bunch anyone could ask for.

  6. Thanks for referencing A Star Curiously Singing, I still consider it the best MLP book to date (even if it didn’t win the awards). I’ll agree with you on the journal thing, not because i have something against the style, just that it’s very difficult to pull off. Too often the construction sucks the action out of the narrative. I just have one question after reading this review: 5 anvils, out of …? Surely we should know if you think it’s half empty or half full (or whatever an anvil can be half of).

    • That would be 5 anvils out of five. 😀 The only thing better would be 5 anvils topped with cheesecake and that has to be a pretty extraordinary book. Alpha Redemption comes very, very close.

      I love Kerry’s work…as you know from reading my review on my first ever Anvil Review. I agree with you on the best MLP book I have read so far. I really wish he would have won a few awards but Kerry is topnotch in my book. 😀

  7. My Dearest youngest daughter,

    Once again you have hit a home run as well as peaked my interest in this book. I must say that everyone you have reviewed so far has been excellent so I can’t wait to read this one.

  8. Can’t wait to read it and count me in on the giveaway!

  9. Great review…I love Grace, anything about her or from her delights me, she is the most interesting far away person I’ve had the fortune of being in contact with. Yes, of course, I’d love to win anything from Grace….I have, the facebook friendship is a blessing as are all of you!!! I do humbly ask to be included in the drawing. Love Anvil Review!!!

  10. I couldn’t wait, so I bought The Duke’s Handmaid and The Muse. Guess you can pull me out of the contest, Crazyhair Vaulter. Guess the Gungho Iguana is wearing off on me.

  11. Oooh! I so love books! I think now that the holidays have passed, I can read again.

  12. WINNER of the drawing is…Susan H Price. Congratulations, Susan.

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