Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Promise in Pieces by Emily T Wierenga

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Promise in Pieces

(Abingdon Press - April 15, 2014)


Emily T. Wierenga


A Word from the Author:

I’m Emily, and I’m honored and humbled to meet you, friend.

We’re all stumbling along on this journey and you can approach me about anything okay? I’m an open book, with dog-eared pages and a worn cover.

I’m mama to two boys, ages two and four, and married to a farm-boy-turned-math-teacher. We live in a small Dutch hamlet with three churches, one Co-Op and no stop lights. There are a lot of fields out here, there’s a lot of space and sky for breathing and running and writing.

We foster two boys in addition to our own two, and before I had kids, I took care of my Mum who had brain cancer. She fought back and has recovered, all glory to God, and my pastor-father still holds her hand while they go for daily walks.

I battled anorexia nervosa as a child, and then again as a newly married woman, and I write a lot about body image now and have a passion for women to learn to love themselves.

My husband and I have battled infertility and are currently trying to adopt our third child through the local Alberta government.

I hurt for the church, and believe in it, and pray for it, as I’ve grown up inside its walls and have heard its groanings.

I have a heart for Africa, particularly Uganda, and went there in January on a bloggers’ trip with World Help.

My favorite things to do are read literary novels, play guitar, snowboard, paint with oil and acrylics and hug my babies.

I am the author of two books on eating disorders, a novel releasing this spring, and a memoir coming out this summer.

I hope you’ll connect with me on FB:, or if you prefer, Twitter: @emily_wierenga. I’d love to have a virtual glass of wine, or cup of coffee, with you.

Peace to you friends,



After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.

Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she’s not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever
happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

My thoughts:

I've read all but one of the books in the Quilts of Love books, and I have to say that A Promise in Pieces ranks as one of my favorites.

I love both the "stories" in the book - Clara's life as a young woman and also as a mature woman with the wisdom that comes from living a long life. The story lines together struck a perfect balance. The quilt ties both "stories" together and brings about a lovely friendship with Mattie, the widow of one of the patients Clara attends to during her wartime assignment in France.

I know many women (myself included) feel like Clara did in this book - sometimes floundering without knowing the purpose of what God has for us and not wanting to extend ourselves to love and pursue things because of the pain it may cause us. But like Clara, we need to learn that God has plans for all of us to fulfill - they may not necessarily be anything of great importance in the world at large, and may only touch the lives of those around us - our world - but that doesn't make them any less significant.

This story has a great lesson. God wants us all to live a life of faith - one that He reveals to us a piece at a time, letting us know that the masterful tapestry that is our life is stitched together lovingly by His hand, revealing His promise for us and in us.

My thanks to CFBA and Abingdon Press for generously providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Promise in Pieces, go HERE.

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