Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love by Saundra Dalton-Smith
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a physician who has seen the impact of emotions on physical health. As a speaker, she teaches women how to eliminate negative emotions, find grace in difficult places, and experience personal renewal by drawing near to God. In Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love, she puts all this together in 80 devotionals, divided into seven categories. Each devotional includes ‘Your Heart’s Cry,” “His Reply,” a scripture reading, and two questions for “Growing Deeper” in two pages.
Her topics are generally right on, and her understanding of the issues is generally excellent. She addresses single and married women in all stages of life, so her audience is pretty generalized. Her approach is to allow the reader to vent through the first section, and then to hear God through the second section. I generally like such a format.
However, I had mixed feelings about this book. While the content is excellent and useful for many of the women I minister to, the writing is flat. It was hard to pinpoint the weaknesses; it just lacked pizazz. I’m sure it will be useful for many women, especially those still struggling with the issues Dalton-Smith addresses.
Casey’s DNA is all over the crime scene, but she can’t go to the police. Not after the way they’ve failed her before. She knows she can’t hang around to find the truth. So she runs…
And then there’s Dylan, a friend of the victim and a war veteran with PTSD. The family hires him to help the overworked police force find the murderer. He’s always just one step behind her. But the more he learns about Casey, the less he knows what to think. The evidence just doesn’t add up. Is there more to this story than what seems obvious?
Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite suspense authors, and If I Run doesn’t disappoint. It features gradually revealed characters in dueling first person chapters with a plot that keeps the reader on her toes. It’s a compelling read that’s hard to put down, although much of the action takes place in the heads of the two main characters rather than through action or dialogue.
My only complaint is that it’s the first of a trilogy, which means I’ll have to wait way to long for the next installment. Thanks to LitFuse for the review copy.