Pieces of Granite (Coming Home, #0.5) by Brenda S. Anderson

Pieces of Granite (Coming Home, #0.5)

Debbie Verhoeven is not your typical woman: *She sacrificed a counseling career to be a full-time mother *She’d rather pound a nail than round steak *Oprah? No way! Give her ESPN any day *Nothing could be more stressful than scrapbooking Nothing, except … a distressing diagnosis, a husband who is pulling away, and two older brothers who refuse to get along When the counselor is caught in the middle, when she needs to be strong for those aroun...

Details Pieces of Granite (Coming Home, #0.5)

TitlePieces of Granite (Coming Home, #0.5)
Release DateDec 5th, 2014
PublisherVivant Press
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Contemporary

Reviews Pieces of Granite (Coming Home, #0.5)

  • Christine Dillon
    Excellent writing. Multilayered look at an ordinary, far from perfect family. Each person with issues that cause problems later in life. I loved too that Debbie was self-aware and knew where choices could lead. Loved the portrayal of the children and young Lilly. I will definitely be reading more of this author's work.
  • Kav
    Anderson thrusts her readers into the gritty underbelly of family life and she doesn't mince words or shy away from the difficulties that complicate relationships. No worries though, because she gives equal time to the joys of those emotional connections as well. In fact, this book is a celebration of the highs and lows of ordinary living. I love the depth in this author's writing style. The way her words compile to create compelling images that ...
  • E
    I loved this book
  • Julia
    Pieces Of Granite by Brenda S Anderson - oh wow, what a brilliant novel. It tackled difficult subjects with sensitivity, and had me hooked from the very first page. The themes of grief and not letting go; fear and trust; and an unfailing love built on firm foundations are all in this book. Whilst under pinning it all is the God, who will not let us go.Jerry has been married before. He has loved and lost, but now he is married to Debbie, and they ...
  • Cheri Swalwell
    I had the privilege of reading Pieces of Granite by Brenda Anderson. Wow - I was hooked from page one so much I didn’t want it to end. This was the prequel to the first book in her Coming Home Series. The first book in the series is Chain of Mercy and actually picks up at the end of Pieces of Granite. I loved getting to read about Richard and his life and then finding out about his background while exploring Debbie and Jerry’s life. In fact, ...
  • Joyful
    Wow! Wow! Wow! What a read! A can't put it down. Grabs you from the beginning. So very emotional that you are right there with the characters. Even though you get frustrated with the husband and the brothers, this author writes so well that you feel their pain and understand it even as you want to reach into the story and shake them good. I will read more from this author. I loved this emotional Christian romance fiction dealing with real life is...
  • Venessa
    Excellent and heart-pulling, you'll find yourself grinning, sometimes laughing and definitely tearing up as you move through this book. Too often we think we have to be "Superwoman" - our heroine has that problem. Sometimes an event in the past colors our present and we let the fear of what happened "then" override the reality of "now" - our hero has that problem. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series and I highly recommend that you put ...
  • Beth Erin
    I appreciate the family relationships and realistic struggles they deal with. Little Katie is a sweetheart and as a stay at home mom I found myself relating to Debbie. This book hits some serious issues head on and unapologetically with a foundation of faith.
  • Barbara
    Wow, what can I say. This was such an emotional read. Sometimes grief goes so deep that a person is afraid to believe and trust that they can safely love. That fear can lead to an inability to enjoy what God has given us. The hard road this family travels is told with great emotional depth. It is not always a happy story, but circumstances force change that leads to greater happiness. I hope you read this book. It is worth it!
  • Lisa Lee
    Oh my!I don't know if I even have the words to say how good this book is. This is one of those rare stories that isn't all rainbows and sunshine, but really shows how real life can come in and shake up our faith. But it also shows how faithful God is to come in and repair the broken foundation if we will turn back to Him completely.
  • Mary Jane
    A story of families and the hurts withinThis was a good story of the pains and struggles in real families. It is filled with ups and downs as well happy moments and many tears. This chapter is over but there are more to red on this family. I will read them all.
  • Julia
    Pieces of Granite by Brenda S Anderson is a contemporary Christian novel. It deals with everyday situations as well as extraordinary ones, showing that in all circumstances of life, we must remember to fix our eyes on Jesus. When life gets too hard to stand - kneel and pray. And when life is good - kneel and pray.Debbie is the perfect wife, daughter, sister and mother. She seems to have it all together. She is the glue that binds her extended fam...
  • Kym McNabney
    When I was given the opportunity to read PIECES OF GRANITE by BRENDA S ANDERSON, I didn't hesitate. I loved her book CHAIN OF MERCY, and I do mean LOVED it. To be honest, once I realized it was going back in time, the excitement diminished a bit. I loved Ricky in CHAIN OF MERCY, yet I had read his story, and knew of his sister Debbie and her family. How would it be to hear about them after already experiencing their lives?Debbie and Jerry Verhoev...
  • Sarah Ruut
    Sometimes life doesn't go the way we want it to. At all. Often it seems when trouble comes, it comes in a flood. Debbie meets difficulties at every turn, and somehow she has to be the one to stay strong, whether she feels strong enough to manage it or not.While I can't relate to everything Debbie faced (thankfully!), in many ways I felt like I was reading about a copy of myself. I think perhaps many moms would feel the same. When life falls apart...
  • Connie
    Brenda Anderson has a way of weaving a story line around your heart that will end up with you turning the pages of her books as fast as you can possibly read the words, because you want to find out what's going to happen. "Chain of Mercy" was like that, and "Pieces of Granite" is the same.Even godly families have problems, and pasts, and difficulties. We all know this, but we try hard to pretend that life is easy, not messy. Life happens, it roll...
  • Michelle Welsh
    I enjoyed Pieces of Granite because the characters were so real, and they were wrestling with issues that can affect us or people we know any day. I liked that the main character has a strong faith and is authentic in her reactions to the stresses in her life. I liked how the author brought the story to a satisfactory resolution with the anticipation that the story continues in the next book. I'm pleased that Anderson chose issues such as what ha...
  • Ann
    I really enjoyed this book. The author captures beautifully the dynamics of the relationships in family that does not always get along and of a couple fighting to cope with the news and subsequent delivery of a child with Downs Syndrome. I was caught up in the story line and the lives of the characters from the first pages. The story is also a testimony to God's love, faithfulness and comfort that comes when life's problems are given to Him. This...
  • Barbara Brink
    Pieces of Granite was the first book by author Brenda S Anderson that I've read. Her writing is character driven, a poignant and joyful tale of family, heartache, and trusting God through the hard times as well as the good. The author dealt with the fear and brokenness of losing a loved one, families torn apart by distrust, running away from God, and much more. The characters were relatable, frustrating, and sometimes you just wanted to shake the...
  • JoAnn
    Pieces of Granite is a tremendous book. It deals with a family who learns that the child they are expecting has Down's Syndrome. I could not put this book down. I was caught up in it from the first few pages. The characters are believable and you will find yourself praying they survive this terrible diagnosis. I highly recommend this book. I was given an advance copy for my honest review. This was my first book by the author but definitely will n...
  • Linda Rainey
    " Pieces of Granite" by Brenda Anderson is an amazing tear jerker of a story about Debbie and Jerry and the struggles in their marriage regarding the her pregnancy and delivery of a Downs Syndrome baby. This book shows us we need to have faith and lean on Jesus when times become rocky and he will carry the load.I look forward to more book in the series.A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jerri Ledford
    What an excellent story of struggle that real life can sometimes be. Brenda Anderson really captured the honesty with which life is lived, and she did it in such a way that you can't stop reading. Even better, this story is an example reminder of how good God can be. This is the prequel to "Chain of Mercy," but works well as a stand alone book, too. I don't think you'll be able to read it without want to read the rest of the books that are availa...
  • Lynda Knapp
    Enjoyable readI Loved watching Debbie realize that she was being self-sufficient and not relying upon God. Yes, it was somewhat painful to watch Debbie and Jerry going through the issues with having a Down Syndrome diagnosis during pregnancy. I kept rooting for the both of them. Brenda Anderson has a very good book here. I can't wait to read the series.
  • Amy
    Pieces of Granite is an emotional read. Grab your tissues because you will need them. The stories and characters seem so real. The characters went through so much and struggled with their faith. The issues in this book deals with how to cope and how to survive.It is definitely worth a read.5 stars.
  • Cindy
    Wonderful book! The characters and all that happened was very true to life. It shows so much about being a Christian, the ups and downs we go through, hopes and fears, and how God works through it all.
  • Violet
    I really love the book. I would like to add it to my special collections and finish reading the series. Brenda is an excellent Christian writer. I would like to follow her like I do Adams.
  • Laura B
    Great book.
  • Donna Kale
    Great book, starting the next one now!
  • Teresa Smith
    Good points to think about and remember . . .