Jan 10, 2012

Delivery By Diane Prusik

I downloaded this book onto my nook several months ago and planned on reading it in 2012 as part of my reading goal.  I had no idea that this novel was Diana Prusik's debut novel which was Tyndale House Publisher's Digital First initiative fiction titles.  Delivery was also the 2008 finalist, 2009 semi-finalist, and 2010 finalist of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.  Diana Prusik's inspiration for her novel came from her first place of employment at a small-town florist...that she still works at part-time as a floral designer to this day.

Since I didn't read the excerpt about what this book was about, I went into reading this novel with absolutely no expectation whatsoever as to what to expect or what the story line would be.

As I walked through the pages of this story, I followed Livi (the main character of the book) through her journey of finding healing and hope through a smalll town floral shop and the characters who entered.  The story starts out in the Wilson family floral shop during 1988 with the death of a close family friend.  Through the death of Bink Carter, Livi's old wounds have surfaced and she is faced with the pain that she has tried to cover up for the last 20 years with alcohol.

Diana takes us on the journey of Livi's life, love, heart break, and alcohol addiction.  Through Livi's story we find God's grace being shown through some of the most intricate character's that walk through the back door of the Wilson Floral Shop.  We meet Mom Robinson who through casual conversation plants spiritual seeds of love and hope and never keeps a gift to herself.  We are also introduced to Miss Ellie, who works at the shop.  In her old age, she has learned to not care what others think about her, but what God thinks. 

Livi's story can be many of our stories.  There are issues and heartache that we run away from and find comfort in other things rather than turning to God.  We question God about why He would allow such heartache to happen. We get angry with God for allowing situations and circumstances to happen in our lives that we think are too much for us to bear. 

Will Livi find peace and healing from her past?  More importantly, will Livi find peace and healing with Christ? 

As you journey through Livi's story, and the intertwining lives of the community around her...you might very well end up finding a new hope and healing for the issues that you may be running from.  Grab your tissues because Livi's story will touch your heart in a way that it hasn't been touched before.

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