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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Abbie Richardson teaches junior high at Kent Academy in McHenry, Tn. She was married for twenty one years to her husband Joe who passed away four years before. His death along with the knowledge that he had been living a double life of sorts not only left her in a financial strain but also shook her foundation to the core, making her wonder if she will ever be able to trust someone enough to ever open her heart again. She stayed strong for her son Drew, but now after four years she finds herself questioning what her purpose in life might be. When a job offer comes about to work at Timothy House, she is unsure but decides to volunteer for a week at Camp4Ever that takes place at Timothy House. When she meets an old college friend of Joe's, Keith Haliday, who is working there, it seems as if they both have more in common than they realize. God is at work in the lives of these two, but are they ready for what God has in store? Can Abbie ever find a way to open her heart again, and allow God to show her the path he intends for her, and how does Keith fit into those plans?
"Abandon Not My Soul" is a spiritually uplifting story of the power of prayer, the beautiful gift of friendship and how God never leaves or forsakes us, but instead guides us to where we need to be when we need to be there! Sherye Simmons Green created characters so easy to relate to. I felt Abbie's story could have been any woman's story. She not only lost her husband, but realized that had done things she wasn't aware of. While what he did hurt her financially, it was the spiritual hurt he inflicted upon her and her son Drew that was the hardest to combat. It was Abbie's faith in God and her friends from her quilting group "Loose Threads" who were her prayer warriors that really pulled her through. We watch Abbie grow from someone who felt betrayed and unsure to someone who slowly decided to let go and let God take the lead. Another layer to the story was Camp4Ever and the story of Chloe Minton, I only hope we see more of this young lady in future books. "Abandon Not My Soul" is a story that will resonate with many because it deals with betrayal, loss, becoming a single mother, friendship, faith, hope, and love. A soul stirring story that not only inspires, but will remind the reader of God's faithfulness and love!