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A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint… Three people. One God of grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strike A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint… Three people. One God of grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattered, and this time she's not sure if God can carry her through. Bar waitress April Johanson lives with the secret trauma of an abusive past. Desperate to stay off the streets of Vegas, she’ll do whatever is necessary to pay the rent. When their lives intersect, God will ask them to do the impossible. To love Him even if… About Grace in the Flames If you love a deep, weighty, beautiful story, check out Grace in the Flames. *This inspirational Christian novel explores tough themes like grief, alcoholism, self-harm, and unwanted pregnancy.* It wrestles with faith-breaking circumstances that redefine the meaning of family and true friendship, and still delivers a heady, toe-curling love story. What readers are saying: "A story you won’t soon forget!" "I couldn't put it down, consider yourself warned" "This books deserves five stars...or even six!" "I was hooked from the first chapter" "My favorite book of 2016!" "With delicacy and nuance, Massaro loads the story with heavy issues...the message of God’s grace and the hope available to those who love him will connect with readers of faith." -- Publisher's Weekly "...emotionally evocative and profoundly moving...Highly recommended." --Cheryl Wyatt, USA TODAY bestselling author of award-winning Wings of Refuge series. Scroll up and grab your copy of GRACE IN THE FLAMES today!


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A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint… Three people. One God of grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strike A prodigal, a sinner, and a saint… Three people. One God of grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattered, and this time she's not sure if God can carry her through. Bar waitress April Johanson lives with the secret trauma of an abusive past. Desperate to stay off the streets of Vegas, she’ll do whatever is necessary to pay the rent. When their lives intersect, God will ask them to do the impossible. To love Him even if… About Grace in the Flames If you love a deep, weighty, beautiful story, check out Grace in the Flames. *This inspirational Christian novel explores tough themes like grief, alcoholism, self-harm, and unwanted pregnancy.* It wrestles with faith-breaking circumstances that redefine the meaning of family and true friendship, and still delivers a heady, toe-curling love story. What readers are saying: "A story you won’t soon forget!" "I couldn't put it down, consider yourself warned" "This books deserves five stars...or even six!" "I was hooked from the first chapter" "My favorite book of 2016!" "With delicacy and nuance, Massaro loads the story with heavy issues...the message of God’s grace and the hope available to those who love him will connect with readers of faith." -- Publisher's Weekly "...emotionally evocative and profoundly moving...Highly recommended." --Cheryl Wyatt, USA TODAY bestselling author of award-winning Wings of Refuge series. Scroll up and grab your copy of GRACE IN THE FLAMES today!

30 review for Grace in the Flames: (A Contemporary Christian Novel)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denise Voccola

    I have read quite a bit of Christian fiction through the years and can honestly say that Grace in the Flames ranks up there with the few that I will never forget. The author masterfully weaves three lives together into a story that will change the way you view grace, forgiveness, and hope. She developed her characters in such a way that you were pulling for each of them--even in the midst of their poor choices. This would make a great book club book, and the questions included at the end are som I have read quite a bit of Christian fiction through the years and can honestly say that Grace in the Flames ranks up there with the few that I will never forget. The author masterfully weaves three lives together into a story that will change the way you view grace, forgiveness, and hope. She developed her characters in such a way that you were pulling for each of them--even in the midst of their poor choices. This would make a great book club book, and the questions included at the end are some of the best I've seen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    RaeBeth

    I loved this journey with a touch of grace. This book had me laughing and crying by the end. I love how the author wove God's love and His Word into it. I recommend this book to all who want a good read. I loved this journey with a touch of grace. This book had me laughing and crying by the end. I love how the author wove God's love and His Word into it. I recommend this book to all who want a good read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lee Book Lady

    A beautiful well-written story! I rate it five stars+! It was heartbreaking and be!ievable. This story could bring hope to many. I hope for a sequel!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Bylin

    My favorite kind of story . . . People make mistakes, but we overcome by loving others the way God loves us. This is an emotional story with lots of humanity. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine Dillon

    4.5 stars What a breath of fresh air in CF. I initially read this story because of its title as I have a Grace series and this was one of the potential titles (which I'll now aim to avoid). Real people with real problems. The only part of the book I didn't like was the too-long romance section in the middle. That dragged a bit for me and almost made me give up. What kept me going was the third thread that I could see was going to explode in the middle of their lives. The latter part of the book r 4.5 stars What a breath of fresh air in CF. I initially read this story because of its title as I have a Grace series and this was one of the potential titles (which I'll now aim to avoid). Real people with real problems. The only part of the book I didn't like was the too-long romance section in the middle. That dragged a bit for me and almost made me give up. What kept me going was the third thread that I could see was going to explode in the middle of their lives. The latter part of the book reminded me of Deborah Raney stories - putting someone in an impossible situation and allowing them to show how Christian they really are. When it comes to a tough situation do we remain Christian or do we bale out? Realistic and thoroughly Christian. If you are not a Christian - the latter part of thi book will show you how following Jesus should be. All books have a 'worldview' - this one allows you to listen in and see what being a Christian means and whether it makes consistent sense of the world. Well done. Will be reading more of this author's work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Paavola

    Grace in the Flames held me captive with real life characters battling relatable issues. Three lives intersect and each one searches for the best way to make life work for them. Jenni puts her trust in the God who has been there for her while John feels let down by Him. They have no idea that they will be the answer to April's dilemma. Pages will turn quickly for the reader in this moving novel as it did for me. Thank you, Michelle Massaro for gifting me a copy and for the opportunity to read an Grace in the Flames held me captive with real life characters battling relatable issues. Three lives intersect and each one searches for the best way to make life work for them. Jenni puts her trust in the God who has been there for her while John feels let down by Him. They have no idea that they will be the answer to April's dilemma. Pages will turn quickly for the reader in this moving novel as it did for me. Thank you, Michelle Massaro for gifting me a copy and for the opportunity to read and review your book! I look forward to reading more of your writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    Okay... I had the time of my life with his book. It was a heart gripping, captivative book. I loved how the author wove pain, sorrow, forgiveness, God's amazing grace and plan in this story. My heart broke for John. To go through what he did was heart wrenching. The most heartwarming thing about John's life was how God was actively with him in his pain. Even when he strayed God was still pursued him. My favorite character was Jenni! There was this thing about her strength and willingness to trus Okay... I had the time of my life with his book. It was a heart gripping, captivative book. I loved how the author wove pain, sorrow, forgiveness, God's amazing grace and plan in this story. My heart broke for John. To go through what he did was heart wrenching. The most heartwarming thing about John's life was how God was actively with him in his pain. Even when he strayed God was still pursued him. My favorite character was Jenni! There was this thing about her strength and willingness to trust God that was so admirable. The curve balls life threw at her never quenched the light in her. I really loved and admired Jenni's character. From her I learnt that if we allow God He will help us go through anything. April, April, April!!! I loved her grit and determination even when everything was against her. Her conversion scences we're my favorite. I loved how the author displayed the work God does in the lives of individuals and the totally surrender He requires of us to His will. I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Three people. One God of Grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved this book!!! I couldn't put it down!! I loved this book!!! I couldn't put it down!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Louana H.

    Gods unchanging love This book truly let's us see how God love for us never changes in spite of the mistakes and wrong decisions we have made. It also teaches us of forgiveness, and when we surrender to His voice the peace which come with it. Gods unchanging love This book truly let's us see how God love for us never changes in spite of the mistakes and wrong decisions we have made. It also teaches us of forgiveness, and when we surrender to His voice the peace which come with it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Edna Inez

    Great story about God's grace when going through trials. Great story about God's grace when going through trials.

  12. 5 out of 5

    DB

    I loved this book. I did a longer review on Amazon earlier today, but it has not yet posted. The characters, the hard issues in the story, and the grace of God shown were all reasons that I would definitely recommend this book. This author is excellent, and I will be reading more by her.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book is about John who goes through a terrible lost. The story is about him going down the wrong path in life. But then he meets Jenni and things are going great until someone from his past comes back into his life. And he has to face his past mistakes. This was a really good book about forgiveness from those mistakes. And a emotional journey of a man,and people around him, finding healing, grace and hope for the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    This book is rich, raw, and unapologetic. Each of the three main characters is well fleshed out and I felt like I really got to know them. I love that everyone in this story is flawed and each person has their own issues to overcome. The author touches on grief, alcoholism, abuse, homelessness, sickness, etc. and of course, grace. Scriptures, songs, and behaviors throughout the book impart the Gospel message naturally. I would love to read more about the main or secondary characters! I received This book is rich, raw, and unapologetic. Each of the three main characters is well fleshed out and I felt like I really got to know them. I love that everyone in this story is flawed and each person has their own issues to overcome. The author touches on grief, alcoholism, abuse, homelessness, sickness, etc. and of course, grace. Scriptures, songs, and behaviors throughout the book impart the Gospel message naturally. I would love to read more about the main or secondary characters! I received this title from the author and I look forward to reading her future work! The opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    Intense is the word I would use to describe Grace in the Flames. This book is about seemingly real people with strong emotions. The main characters make horrible mistakes but God is there when they turn to Him. Michelle Massaro deals with several current issues involving death, cutting, abortion, homelessness, alcoholism and, most of all, forgiveness and trust. I recommend this book to others but it does have extremely sad scenes so if you want a happy all the time book, this is not for you. I re Intense is the word I would use to describe Grace in the Flames. This book is about seemingly real people with strong emotions. The main characters make horrible mistakes but God is there when they turn to Him. Michelle Massaro deals with several current issues involving death, cutting, abortion, homelessness, alcoholism and, most of all, forgiveness and trust. I recommend this book to others but it does have extremely sad scenes so if you want a happy all the time book, this is not for you. I received this e-book free from the author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joyful

    What a powerful and intense story of love, grace, hope, and scriptures. Alcoholism, grief, homelessness, sickness, tragedy, brokenness, abuse, prostitution, pregnancy, trust, forgiveness, and tears are all emotions felt in this book. Yet it doesn't live you without grace, hope, and scriptures. This is my first read by this author, but it diffiently will not be the last. I loved how the three main characters had so much going against them yet they left their faith carry them through. I highly rec What a powerful and intense story of love, grace, hope, and scriptures. Alcoholism, grief, homelessness, sickness, tragedy, brokenness, abuse, prostitution, pregnancy, trust, forgiveness, and tears are all emotions felt in this book. Yet it doesn't live you without grace, hope, and scriptures. This is my first read by this author, but it diffiently will not be the last. I loved how the three main characters had so much going against them yet they left their faith carry them through. I highly recommend this book. I was given a copy for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pat Douglas

    This Book was one of the most uplifting books that I have read in a long time. It is hard to read at times. because the 3 lives that it follows undergo some very sad life experiences. But the way that they allow God to direct their lives is so life affirming that you will get through the sad parts. And you will cheer for them! You will smile at times and definitely shed tears, but you will feel very comforted (especially if your life has moments that you question God's directions.) I am looking forw This Book was one of the most uplifting books that I have read in a long time. It is hard to read at times. because the 3 lives that it follows undergo some very sad life experiences. But the way that they allow God to direct their lives is so life affirming that you will get through the sad parts. And you will cheer for them! You will smile at times and definitely shed tears, but you will feel very comforted (especially if your life has moments that you question God's directions.) I am looking forward to reading her new book Better Than Fiction.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Huddler

    This books has it all. Love, tragedy, brokenness, abuse, prostitution, pregnancy, revival, trust, forgiveness and tears. Michelle Massaro handled all these circumstances in such a way as to eventually honor God. People need to see that putting God first is the only way to combat the bad of this world and Michelle showed this wonderfully. I was hooked right from the first chapter. It was hard to put down (but there are things I had to do).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    This is a very moving story. John is haunted by the fire that killed his wife and daughter. He blames God and is so distraught he leaves and goes across the country. I don't want to give away the story because I could not do it justice. This is an amazing story that made me laugh and cry and rejoice and cry and smile and more. I am very glad I read it. This is a very moving story. John is haunted by the fire that killed his wife and daughter. He blames God and is so distraught he leaves and goes across the country. I don't want to give away the story because I could not do it justice. This is an amazing story that made me laugh and cry and rejoice and cry and smile and more. I am very glad I read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Deep-thinking tale of the consequences of our actions even in the midst of deep grief. Even when the easy route is simply walking away, taking responsibility for the cost of our choices takes courage, faith, and a network of love. Told in alternating viewpoints and encompassing two years, deals with tough issues.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nettie

    Tackling some tough subject matter with finesse and in ways that challenged my heart...could I find His grace in similar situations? The characters found strength in God to love. To love with grace. I will read more by this author! A fan is born!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    This book touches on the reality of grief, sin and pain that can go along with it. I found some of the things a little difficult to navigate with, but I was intrigued from the beginning to the end and was willing to overlook some of those.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Byers

    Grace in the Flames is a moving book, with intricate plot lines that all come to an end, with no loose ends. Make sure to grab some tissues as this book will take you through the wringer, and make you think as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candy Waggener

    Great Book, couldn't put in down. Great Book, couldn't put in down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I couldn't put this book down. It is a very moving story about forgiveness, mercy and grace - they are abundant in this book. God's grace is amazing! I couldn't put this book down. It is a very moving story about forgiveness, mercy and grace - they are abundant in this book. God's grace is amazing!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Campo

    What a great read - couldn't put it down. The lives of three individuals intersect in this moving story about grief, grace and hope. A job well done by author Michelle Massaro. What a great read - couldn't put it down. The lives of three individuals intersect in this moving story about grief, grace and hope. A job well done by author Michelle Massaro.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lientjie

    I could not put this book down! Michelle Massaro has written an amazing debut novel, that moved me to tears more than once. I highly recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Burkhalter

    Can I give this book 15 stars?! It's that good. Deep, raw, emotional, real. I could barely put it down. It's a definite must read!!! Can I give this book 15 stars?! It's that good. Deep, raw, emotional, real. I could barely put it down. It's a definite must read!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Westrope

    This is a very moving story about recovery, redemption, and forgiveness. When a young man loses everything, his faith falters and he turns instead to alcohol. Running from the devastation he left behind, he finds hope in a new town. The story is well-written with authentic, multi-dimensional characters. I like the fact that the characters very very real, both as young people and as Christians. They have real-life struggles with sexual temptations, doubts about their faith, and dealing with non-be This is a very moving story about recovery, redemption, and forgiveness. When a young man loses everything, his faith falters and he turns instead to alcohol. Running from the devastation he left behind, he finds hope in a new town. The story is well-written with authentic, multi-dimensional characters. I like the fact that the characters very very real, both as young people and as Christians. They have real-life struggles with sexual temptations, doubts about their faith, and dealing with non-believing family members. I only wish the struggles with alcohol would have been a little more detailed to show how serious this problem is but, because this is a Christian novel, I understand why the author didn't focus as much on the problem, but on the recovery aspect of alcoholism. Grace in the Flames is an emotionally power-packed, gripping story. I had a hard time putting it down. It's one of the best novels I've read this year. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debra Fletcher

    A story of surrender This story is about heartbreak that tears everything you ever believed in taken away so quickly that it shakes your faith to your very core. Then leads you on the road that takes many twist & turns that you don't fully understand, but only God knows the why, how come, how much more can a person take yet drawing you to trust, listen, believe , have faith and lean into Him in total surrender. If John & Jenni had not shown their faith , a soul would have been lost forever. Unles A story of surrender This story is about heartbreak that tears everything you ever believed in taken away so quickly that it shakes your faith to your very core. Then leads you on the road that takes many twist & turns that you don't fully understand, but only God knows the why, how come, how much more can a person take yet drawing you to trust, listen, believe , have faith and lean into Him in total surrender. If John & Jenni had not shown their faith , a soul would have been lost forever. Unless you've never been put to the test you won't fully grasp the depth of God's love, mercy & grace. Glad I stumbled onto Michelle's writings.

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