God’s grace sometimes comes in strange disguise.
“She was only twenty-eight. How could she have cancer? This wasn’t what she’d been promised. Or, what she’d been raised to expect. Hadn’t her father always preached that those who have faith would be protected from the problems that plague other people?”
In Christine Dillon’s debut novel, she tackles these questions with grace and grit. Her response goes beyond our sometimes painful present to impact lives for eternity.
Esther Macdonald seems to have it all: a fulfilling career, an attractive fiancé, and a respected role at her dad’s megachurch. But then she’s diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just weeks before her wedding.
When she’s not miraculously healed before her mastectomy, she hurls questions at her Creator. “Did God even care? Or did he sit up there and move the chess pieces where he wanted, regardless of the pain it caused?”
Then a cleaning lady’s comment causes Esther to question everything her dad teaches. She searches the Scriptures for herself and begins a fresh journey with the Jesus of the Bible. But this new understanding drives a wedge between Esther and her dad, her fiancé, and even her church. Will she have the courage to follow in her Savior’s footsteps, no matter the cost?
Grace in Strange Disguise gripped me from the prologue to the resolution. With real emotion, powerful prose, and thought-provoking storytelling, the pages passed by with pleasure.
As I’ve seen in my life and that of my loved ones, God’s grace often does come in strange disguise. (Tweet that!)
But what I liked most about Dillon’s story is how it’s inspiring me on my mission to become a wiser soul-winner. I’m waiting with eager anticipation to read the next installment in Esther’s story.
I would recommend this novel to people who are suffering and Christians who are longing to become bolder evangelists.
Want to learn more about Christine Dillon and what inspired her to write Grace in Disguise? Check out our interview here!
If that review is anything to go by the book sounds incredible for all Christians at all stages. Suffering is a big part of living in this broken world, whether you are facing suffering or a friend is, being remind of Jesus and his truths is always the best option.
Amen! 🙂 So well said! 🙂 Thank you for commenting, Erin! 🙂
Found it very helpful and interesting to read the whole story . I am now faced with a dear christian friend facing stage 4 cancer and I must admit I am troubled over it. Very good blog!
Thank you, Hilda! 🙂 How is your friend doing now?
I love the comment you make about tackling issues with ‘grace and grit’ – would make a good author website tagline.
Thank you for reading and supporting this story.
Glad you liked my comment! 🙂 You’re welcome to use it as your tagline if you’d like! 😉 And you’re very welcome–I loved your novel, so it was an easy sell. 🙂
Thank you so much Christy for your support of my novel. I hope many people read your review and comment. Blessings.
For those commenting – my author website http://www.storytellerchristine.com and also private group on Facebook under ‘storytellerchristine’.
Me too! 🙂 Praise God, we’ve had quite a few comments already! 🙂
A good review of what to expect from the book. I like that the conflict with the church and her pastor dad comes out in the story. Will be interesting to read because I believe in healing but sometimes we just have to fight our way to accept God’s grace no matter what happens.
So true! Thank you for commenting, Pirkko! 🙂
After reading many reviews of Christine’s new book, I am intrigued as to what the story is about and I would love to be encouraged to be bolder in my bible storytelling and evangelism.
It will definitely do that! 🙂 Have you had a chance to read it yet, Joanna?
This sounds like a very thought-provoking book. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for reviewing it.
You’re very welcome, Becky! 🙂 Have you had a chance to read Grace in Strange Disguise yet?
This book sounds amazing. The book review has me so ready to read this book.
Fabulous, because you’re the winner!!! 🙂 Please send Christine your email address, so she can send you the eBook. Enjoy!!! 🙂
Congratulations. yes, please email me.
And the winner is . . . Shamekka S!!! 🙂
If you didn’t win – there’s a second giveaway that you can find out here.
Christian Shelfesteem interview and giveaway closes on the 30th.
Lots of other interviews … including a podcast (I prefer communicating via talking than writing).
Thanks for participating and encouraging Christy and myself.
For sure! 🙂
Okay the winner and I have now connected. Christy can you please take my email address down?
Thank you to all who participated.
Christy has added an interview https://www.christybrunke.com/blog/grace-strange-disguise-author-interview/
5 hours left on Shelfesteem giveaway mentioned above. I will probably run my own in a few days.