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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Savannah Trover is a Christian motivational speaker and writer. She loves to share her faith and her insights with other Christian women. She loves her ministry. But Savannah suddenly becomes so ill that she requires a heart transplant. While sick, she realizes that much of her faith is in words only…she really hasn’t been living her faith. Vowing to change that, Savannah renews her relationship with God while she’s waiting for surgery. However, in the days following her transplant she finds that she’s angry and bitter, and she begins wondering if there even is a God. She loses her faith completely and has to stop working in her ministry.

Jessie, Savannah’s and Shaun’s college-aged daughter, has a horrible relationship with her mother. Savannah is always gone on tours and speaking engagements and hasn’t really been there for Jessie, who always turns to her father instead. Shaun often tries to defend Savannah, but Jessie just blows up at him.

Shaun has his own worries: medical bills, Savannah’s canceled speaking engagements, and those emails that keep showing up demanding money. Knowing he has to figure things out before anyone else discovers what he’s done, Shaun panics and continues down a path that quickly spirals out of control. Savannah’s recent change in attitude has him confused as well. He doesn’t know what to do with her anger or her lack of motivation. And he wonders how Jessie will react when she learns the truth about him?

Finally, Savannah is offered a chance to reconnect with an old friend and also with her Lord. She takes one tentative step and begins to head down a whole new path where she learns things about herself, her heart donor, and her marriage. But she also learns many new things about spirituality and the art of healing.

I really connected with The Heart of Memory.  Many times, I found myself in the pages and could relate to the thoughts Savannah had throughout the story. This is the first book I’ve read by Alison Strobel and I’m quite impressed. She has a way of making the conversations and emotions seem real and personal. I would recommend The Heart of Memory to anyone who has had major medical issues or has been hurt spiritually.

Rating: 4.5/5

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.