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Thursday, October 19, 2006

CRACKING GRACE by Steven Stromp

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www.stevenstromp.com
www.lulu.com/stevenstromp
Genre: Fictional/Spiritual Fantasy
Rating: Good
ISBN: 9781847286864, $11.99, 140 pp.


Cracking Grace is a short novel which delves into spirituality and grief, coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Quoting from the back cover:

"Cracking Grace is a fantasy that explores the very basic concepts of religion and spirituality–through the eyes of Audry, a young girl who has just lost her mother–and through the eyes of Mary, a cemetery statue. As Audry questions the loss of her mother, Mary’s inquisitive nature causes her to form her own questions. Aided by her faithful companion and information gatherer, a bluebird named Bluebell, Mary sets out on a mission to learn more about the world around her. As Audry’s father spins out of control psychologically, Audry and Mary develop an unlikely friendship after discovering how to communicate."

Steven Stromp has taken an interesting approach to communicate his thoughts on life’s mysteries to us. If you enjoy books dealing with spirituality, you may enjoy this story as well. It is well-written and edited, and for a debut novel, I have rated it as ‘good.’

Steven lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and you can contact him at
admin@stevenstromp.com or visit his web site www.stevenstromp.com.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - October 19, 2006

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