Saturday, January 25, 2014

Book Review: Bound to a Promise

Book Overview:  At six o’clock on a cold, foggy morning in Fresno, California, Bonnie Floyd’s horrific nightmare began … but she was wide-awake!
This may sound like the beginning of a fiction thriller, but it isn’t. This is a true story, and the nightmare was all too real. Life as Bonnie had known it was over, and the future she faced was unimaginable … unspeakable.
Bound to a Promise is a nonfiction novel, told in fascinating, page-turning fiction style. This astonishing true story will grab you with the first sentence and hold you captive until the very last page.
This is a heartbreaking story of intrigue, murder, and betrayal with more twists and turns than the wildest roller coaster ride. But it is so much more. This is a story of redemption. This is a story of grace and of forgiveness to a depth few of us will ever know.

–Sheila Walsh, Award Winning and Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and Recording Artist.

Based on Scotland Yard’s investigation, newspaper reports, court transcripts, and eyewitness accounts, Bound to a Promise has it all—exotic settings, courtroom drama, real-life adventure, convicting testimony, and puzzling mystery.

The key to this disturbing drama hangs on a very crucial and binding promise made to Bonnie. Did the promise maker keep that promise or was there a chance it was broken? The answer to that burning question had everlasting consequences both for the one who made the promise and to whom the promise was made.

My Review:  Reading this book, Bound to a Promise, has left me wondering ~ is the beauty that lies within it’s pages the poignant words of a daughter’s heartbreaking loss and subsequent forgiveness, or the faith that remains steadfast through-out?  The first would give one pause, a chance to question faith in humanity and perhaps one’s faith entirely.  But the second lends itself the one true reason to write such a book ~  to speak, to share, to write it all down and give glory to Him ....  now that’s a way to witness!

From the opening pages of her childhood, parents divorce, teeange spiritedness and meeting Donnie, the pages flow with character and ease.  I had to smile at her dialog with her dad and the “look list” they’d share, like #27 being that’s inappropriate or #20 don’t follow.  It gives great lead the strong relationship that Bonnie (Bean) and her dad shared as both a young child up to the point where he was lost to her in a senseless, sad murder. 

And it’s a savage murder indeed!  3 men who climb un-welcom
ed onto their boat while sailing in Antiqua brutally take the lives of Bonnie’s parent and 2 crew members.  They are caught and brought to trial.  And it’s through this trial that Bonnie shares the ‘meat and bones’ of this novel’s purpose, I believe.  And that is, as she states, God’s message: “the purpose in your heart is not to hate.”  It was brutal, violent, horrific and no one should have to hear that a parent(s) died in such manner, let alone sit through weeks after weeks of the trial that ultimately brings justice to a senseless crime.  But out of that, a bond is formed with Bonnie and Donaldson, one of the criminals that accepted Christ into his heart and the ensuing spiritual relationship was formed.  God calls upon us to forgive those in that we do not harbor unforgiveness in our hearts.  Bonnie has done that on an unfathomable level through her enviable relationship with God.  She not only trusted Him in her greatest moment of tribulation, but rejoiced Him in moments of triumph and wrote it all down.  It’s reflected in the crux of this unforgettable book as a wonderful tool of ministering to others.

There times most of us are stand still, reach into the corners of our minds and hearts and wonder “What is my purpose in life?” and I believe, having read this exceptional book, that Bonnie Floyd has most definitely found hers. 

~Reviewed by:  Kelly Santi

Disclaimer:  A copy of this book was provided to me (to review and give my honest opinion) by  The B&B Media Group.  The opinion expressed above is my own.

ABOUT BONNIE: Real, relatable and refreshing is the best way to describe Bonnie Floyd. She has an authentic love for God’s people. You will always find Bonnie out among the women and after only a few minutes with her, people experience first hand her passion for leading others into a deeper relationship with Christ.  You may read more about the author and her ministry at  this site!

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