The Birthday Gift (Book 1)

Fiction - Inspirational
118 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2022
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Author Biography

Betty Collier describes herself as a nurse by profession, author by passion, and storyteller by the grace of God. She is the bestselling, award-winning author of the "Living Inside the Testimony" book series, a collection of inspirational nonfiction stories. Betty showcases her gift of storytelling by engulfing her readers from the very beginning and captivating their attention throughout the emotional journeys.

In her second book series, "The Birthday Gift", Betty displays her creative storytelling in a surprisingly extraordinary way with her fictional work. She continues to inspire while lifting the words right off the pages to bring her characters to life. Readers will find themselves hoping for the best and dreaming about the characters as if they were members of their own family.

Betty’s fictional work is also included in the John 3:16 Global Placement Project. She uses her talent to introduce readers to the greatest gift ever given to mankind. While taking them on intriguing tales of heartbreak and hope, Betty intricately weaves together stories leaving readers in suspense until the very end. What they have in common is they all beautifully deliver the gospel message found in John 3:16.

On a personal note, Betty has been married since 1986 to William Collier, the absolute love of her life, after first meeting him in middle school. They are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter-in-love, all of whom reside in Shelby County, TN.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Birthday Gift is an inspiring slice-of-life drama novel by Betty Collier. Grace Williams' happy life turns upside down when she receives news of her beloved husband Bill's death in a bathroom stall at Heathrow Airport in London. Apparently, he was killed by an assailant who used Bill's own cane to inflict blunt force trauma to his head. A former fighter pilot for the US Navy, Bill left his fifteen-year-old daughter Bella a video message before his death from Tel Aviv on her sixteenth birthday, leaving her a priceless ancient scroll of great significance. As Grace deals with her grief and trauma, she finds refuge in her faith in God. But can she let go of her anger and learn to forgive even the person who ruined her life, her husband's killer?

A powerful and poignant tale about love, faith, hope, and forgiveness, The Birthday Gift celebrates the resilient nature of the human spirit that can overcome harrowing circumstances and persevere through the greatest odds. Author Betty Collier tells a moving story about how one's faith in God can help people navigate even the most difficult times and make them whole once again. The characters are relatable, and they perfectly fit into their roles to carry the themes of the story. Grace is a kind-hearted yet tenacious soul who suffers great heartbreak after her husband unexpectedly passes away, but she never gives up and keeps her faith in God strong. You can't help but admire her optimism and courage and root for her. Highly recommended.