Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blog Tour with a Giveaway

I recently read a beautiful, albeit heartrending, book. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Mario Schalesky is the story of a couple battling infertility. The battle has left both of them scarred: Kinna is desperate and Jimmy is feeling like he's just a DNA donor. Toss in the pressures and ethical dilemmas of their work situations and suddenly they are wondering if there is any hope left for their marriage. Then Kinna meets Thea, an elderly woman she rescued from drowning while on the beach. Suddenly Thea seems to show up around town repeatedly and unexpectedly with stories of her own parents' love and a determination that Kinna and Jimmy fan the dying embers of their love. And a scarred, crusty old ex-convict named Joe working in the coffee shop gets under Jimmy's skin with the wisdom learned from the hard knocks of life. Will Thea and Joe help these two broken people find wholeness once again? If they don't, will tomorrow never come?

Marlo Schalesky has walked the road of infertility. In fact, while she was finishing the writing of this book, she "was undergoing some final infertility treatments." She says in the Author Note that the resulting four miscarriages, while extremely painful emotionally, and her infertility journey as a whole taught her "some of the most profound lessons of my life." And whether our pain is infertility or another heartache, we can find
That there, at the very place where our dreams don't come true, where our expectations are shattered -- that is where God is standing in the greatest power. Those are the times, the places that change the world, where we find a depth and wonder deeper than we ever dared to dream. (p. 325)
Her website and her blog provide hope and resources for those in pain.

Childhood sweethearts Kinna and Jimmy Henley had simple dreams—marriage, children, a house by the sea… Everything they needed for happily ever after. What they didn’t plan on was years of infertility, stealing those dreams, crushing their hopes.

Now, all that’s left is the memory of young love, and the desperate need for a child to erase the pain. Until…

When Kinna rescues an elderly woman from the sea, the threads of the past, present, and future weave together to reveal the wonder of one final hope. One final chance to follow not their dreams, but God’s plan.

Can they embrace the redemptive power of love before it’s too late? Or will their love be washed away like the castles they once built upon the sand?

Marlo Schalesky is the author of several books, including Beyond the Night (just nominated for a 2009 Christy Award!) and Empty Womb, Aching Heart. A graduate of Stanford University, Marlo also has a masters of theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Married over twenty years, she lives with her husband, Bryan, and their five children in California.

The publicist has graciously provided a copy for me to give to one of you! Please leave a comment on this post by 10:00 a.m. CDT tomorrow (Thursday, 3/26) and I will draw a name. (Continental US residents only)

Happy Hope-filled Reading!


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A Stone Gatherer said...

That sounds like a great book! How heart wrenching!


Sounds like a great book....and we wonder just how many couples have gone through that very trial. I was blessed with being able to have children without any problems so I can not imagine what it would be like to try and try and no results.



Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

bp said...

This sounds like a book that could bless many couples, this is such a real, painful struggle that so many face.

Skoots1moM said...

i love hope-filled books...put my name in, please!

thanks for sharing it w/ us!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a soul stirring book. please enter my name in the draw.
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would like to read this. I'm thinking it would help me in being more sensitive to the many couples going through this. Was infertility always this prevalent or do we just hear more about it now?

Carole said...

I love Mario's books! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net