Lessons in the Journey

Fiction - Womens
276 Pages
Reviewed on 06/21/2012
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Author Biography

A Denver native with ties to the Midwest, Patrick K. Dawson has always had a passion for the arts and creativity. His first novel Lessons in the Journey won a Readers Favorite's Bronze Medal and has continued to garner positive reviews and new readers. He has been ranked as high as 7th on www.goodreads.com New Authors to Read. His second novel Miracles from the Ashes is a completed manuscript targeted for 2013 release.

Mr. Dawson is also a composer, lyricist, and singer whose music and compositions have been sung in concerts, churches, and schools and two of his songs received Honorable Mention in the www.SongDoor.com 2011-12 International Music Competition in Nashville. He has sung with choirs and national musicians in various events in Colorado and Illinois and for Pope John Paul II in Denver and Italy. For his day job, he is a Business Consultant and IT Professional and he holds a Bachelors and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois U-C and Master of Business in Real Estate and Construction Management degree from the University of Denver.

Mr. Dawson is grateful to his family, friends, readers, and new fans who have encouraged his pursuit in writing novels.

Novels available in paperback or ebook - Kindle, Nook, Amazon, B&N, and other retail outlets; printed on demand. Follow on www.patrickkdawson.com, goodreads.com, and Twitter @patrickkdawson.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

For pediatric surgeon Elizabeth Finch, life is not always perfect, and throws its punches hard, sometimes because of the choices she makes, but sometimes it just happens. We start following Liz’s story when she finds out that her daughter has been shot. And we continue as she seeks to find help in the journey she is facing as her life keeps unraveling before her eyes. Patrick K. Dawson captures the hearts of his readers in his book “Lessons in the Journey,” a provoking, moving and heartwarming story that will draw you into its pages and won’t let you go until you finish reading. As with all of us facing difficult issues in life, Liz was definitely not ready for what life brought her way, and she seems to ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

We get to know Liz through the flashbacks into her life, meeting the important people in her life along the way. I enjoyed reading the story this way since it gave me the overall feeling of what her life was like: the emotions, the fears, and the pain and suffering she went through. And I could feel the struggles Liz had with her faith throughout her life as well, not at all easy for her. We can take many things from this beautifully written story. Having a strong relationship with the Lord, and trusting Him during our difficulties, and learning how He can take the difficult things and make something good out of them are all very valuable lessons. And the fact is that bad things happen to everyone, in similar ways to some, differently to some others. The important thing is how we handle the situations.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. And for me the most fascinating thing about this book is that it is written by a man. You will wonder how he writes a story so beautifully that it captures the hearts of women. This would be a wonderful book for a book club to read and discuss!