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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite
Grace in Progress is a gorgeous book containing a personal reflection and a handbook of prayers. Included in the book is the complete story of author J.C. Beichner’s struggles and trauma in her early childhood and adolescence, all of which led her to the church and a religious calling of sorts. This beautiful and heart-wrenching introduction is followed up by a series of short prayers that touch on issues of love and trust through God, finding courage and strength in difficult times, and praying to Jesus when feeling as though you are broken. The book is short but contains everything that a person might need to feel comfortable after dealing with difficult times in life, and wanting to make connections to God and Jesus through prayer.
Grace in Progress first pulled me in as a reader with gripping storytelling, an honest voice, and prayers that seemed fitting for the theme of the book. Author J.C. Beichner does not sugarcoat her experiences as a child and a teenager, and while some of the events were difficult to read about, they were crucial to the story and the trajectory of her life, landing her where she is now. I truly enjoyed reading all the prayers for the broken, but I especially liked the Cast Out My Fear prayer and the Broken prayer. These prayers speak about love and being patient, and I think we could all use a few quiet moments to read this silently or aloud and reflect on our own lives. A beautiful book of prayers that is recommended!