Blind to the past – pursuing truth no matter what

Blind to the past – I am trying my best to be. Otherwise, how do you move on? I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be responsible for your past, but if Jesus can forgive your past….? It’s about forgiveness I think, forgiving my selfishness and blindness of other people’s needs. Of beating myself up when I don’t come up to my expectations. Oh yes, I have been guilty of that one!

I would like to forget my inadequacies. Or rather I would love God to wipe clean my slate so that I can move on. The thing is He has; it’s me who has not. And I reap the rewards of not handing it all over and leaving it in God’s capable care. A total wipeout, a clean break, no memories. I wonder if Ella, Vikki and Simon agree – pursuing truth no matter what?

 

My Penny’s Worth

Ties that Blind by Chautona Havig  – at long last the final instalment of the Sight Unseen Series.  Yes, at last, I will see the answers to my questions from None so Blind and Will not See. At last, I shall no longer be blind but able to pursue the truth behind the plots.

Was I disappointed?

Well first, I needed to remind myself of the other two plot lines, so I perused my previous reviews.  Ella, mother and wife and Vikki, a lone lady, suddenly in a hotel miles from where she lived who had both lost their memories. Both now blind to their past and short of answers. And so was I, until Ties that Blind arrived on my kindle. Putting everything else aside, cooking, washing, cleaning the house, sleeping, well who needs to eat, wash, clean and rest when you have the key to the mystery in your hands. And yes depriving myself proved to be worth it. Even if I had tried to eat, the food on my fork would not have found its way to my mouth.

What I liked

The new character Simon Prescott led me into his world of blindness. If ever there were a person who fulfilled the quote (which Ms Havig put in her guest post for Will not See),

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

It is Simon.

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And from his story, the key is found. But you had to work for it; it didn’t appear just like that as in other books that suddenly end with the mystery solved. This is what I liked, the guessing game that kept me asking why and how had these three people lost their memories. Chautona Havig does not do an easy fix.

What I didn’t like

The fact that I had to wait so long for the final book. Simple.

Blind to the past – pursuing truth no matter what

The story would not be compelling if the characters just rolled over and gave in. There is something mystical about seeking the truth no matter what. We by nature want to know the truth – even if it hurts. What we do with that truth is another blog post! Ella, Vikki and Simon subscribe to that journey through their respective memory loss.  Not knowing isn’t acceptable. It drives the story forward for the characters and the reader. I wanted to know!

The book raises more profound questions

There is a before and after in these stories. Before the memory loss and after it. Each character copes with the event differently. If you wanted to draw more out of these books, you could ask yourself questions such as “If this happened to me what would I cling to the most to help me get through this ordeal.”  “How would I use this opportunity to start again?” “How can I use God’s Grace and Mercy who gives me this freedom every day to become more Christ-like?” “What blind areas do I have that need God’s sight to heal them?”

With that in mind, this series offers more than just a mystery, but a window into how blind we can be in our lives and into the lives of others. We all need Grace.

Who would enjoy this series?

If you like books that have real problems with lives that are messed up and enjoy seeing people grow from their challenges, then I would recommend the Sight Unseen Series. I would also suggest getting all three and reading them back to back – now that you can! That’s what I am going to do now 🙂

Thank you Chautona Havig for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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If you enjoyed this book review then, please see my other ones for:

None so Blind here

Will not See here

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Ties That Blind by Chautona HavigTitle: Ties That Blind

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: April 24, 2018

He may not be the only person in the Rockland area to wake up without a memory, but he might be the only killer…

The main character – Simon Prescott

Simon Prescott, the latest victim of spontaneous amnesia in Rockland, is under suspicion of murder. The evidence, though weak and circumstantial, points only to him.  He’s confident he didn’t do it, but there’s no way to prove it.  Grieving for a wife he doesn’t remember, Simon refuses to allow his family in, refuses to cooperate with police, and is heading straight for the pokey if he doesn’t figure out something and fast.

Enter: Ella Weeks and Vikki Jeffries

The previous two victims are determined to help him, and with jail time looming, Simon capitulates.  But what Vikki and Ella find as they work through Simon’s life reveals astounding and rather chilling evidence of a bigger scheme than any of them could have imagined.

They’re on the verge of total discovery, but the closer they get, the less confident they are that they want to know.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Ties that Blind by Chautona HavigThe author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, ANYWAY?

“So why is this series called ‘Sight Unseen’ if it’s about people who lose their memories? Why the vision references?”

I can’t pretend I wanted to answer her question. She isn’t the first to ask, and I doubt she’ll be the last. I tried to explain.

Look, it’s a valid question. Originally, the first book was called From the Cinders, and if it had remained a stand-alone book, it still would be. But when I finished with another person waking up to no memories and a hint that something sinister might be behind it all, I had to change it to fit two books—no, three!

Recall. Rewind. Refresh. I liked those titles. But that still didn’t give me the name of a series. I kept studying. Tried again.

I read what would become None So Blind three times in a row if I recall correctly. And as I read it, a theme emerged. Ella Weeks hadn’t been blind to her faults even before her memory loss. Even her husband hadn’t been, despite his obvious love for her. But those around her had been blind to her awareness of those faults—to her silent cries for help in overcoming them.

WILL NOT SEE EMERGED WITH A SIMILAR THEME

Vikki had a past that she hid from and refused to acknowledge. And even as those around her drew closer to provide support, she still managed to block out all that she found frightening—even physically shutting down and shutting out life.

So, when it came time to plan the final book in the series, the one that would now tie together everything that had happened, I knew I wanted something that also fit with the other titles. And one night it came to me. Ties That Blind. So often our ties to people blind us to their faults—to the destructive influences they have in our lives. And Simon Prescott will learn that lesson in a rather lonely, horrible way.

THE SIGHT UNSEEN SERIES REMINDS US OF WHAT PAUL SAID IN CORINTHIANS.

Now we see through dark glasses… we can’t really make it all out. But with the Lord, when we’re truly with Him in eternity, we’ll see things as clearly as we do when we are face to face.

And that’s what faith is all about, right? It’s the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When we “buy in” to the Lord Jesus, we’re taking it all in faith. We’re trusting in Him, “Sight Unseen,” just as the characters in this series do with every element of their lives.

I hope their journeys bless you as they have me as I wrote them.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of the entire Sight Unseen series in paperback!!

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Don’t let a mistake in the past crush you

We can all make a mistake, and when you are in the public eye, everyone gets to have a say about it. Am I right?  You only need to look at the front page of a newspaper for evidence. Facts, well someone’s facts – as often they are embellished with bells on – inform us, the public, that a deed from the past has been unearthed.

Humanity loves gossip. It sells newspapers, and it makes money. A fruity headline turns many a head, but how accurate is the news? Bringing up the past can ruin a person’s reputation. If someone has atoned for their misdemeanours shouldn’t we lay it to rest?  Give a second chance and look at the person today and see them in the light of a reformed character? Can we forgive and forget? Or will the person always be running from their past mistake?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush you

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My Penny’s Worth

When I looked at the title of this book I wasn’t sure if the contents would be about running for election or running away from a past mistake. In fact, both are true which makes the story an exciting read.

Do I need to read the previous books?

I haven’t read the two other books, but that did not matter as this story can be enjoyed in its own right.

So what is the main character like?

The main character Jim Mitchell is for the underdog; he has Christian principles, tries to be fair and true to his conscience. But is this possible in politics? I liked these strong traits and warmed to Jim as his character showed flaws as well – his flippant remarks get him into trouble, and I can relate to that!

Now there’s a thing, he’s made a mistake

He has a past, and that is raked up to discredit him. Well of course it is, he is in the public eye and a juicy morsel for sharks. No one is whiter than white. But does Jim let his past mistake crush him? I can’t answer that without giving away the story. However, when Jim questions his path, Melissa his wife reminds him “You are where you are for a reason and until God makes it clear you need to leave, that’s where you need to stay.” Wise words to ponder on in our lives too.

Was there anything different that stood out?

Interspersed in the story are news articles about Jim, and I enjoyed this touch.

But it can’t just be about one person?

There are, of course, other characters who contribute to this narrative. The team behind Jim Mitchell, his wife and political advisors all played good roles and made me smile at times. The early action after the murder of the assemblywoman and consequent undercover investigation slows to centre on Jim’s political career. If you like the nuts and bolts, then you may enjoy this aspect of the book. I know very little of the American system, so it was helpful for me.

Would I like it?

Running is a book about politics, intrigue, danger, divided loyalties, ethical dilemmas and the sores of unforgiveness. If you like this mix, then give it a go.

I don’t think it would be a mistake to buy this book.

I would like to give it 4****.

Thank you, Dave Milbrandt, for writing Running.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush you

Book Title: Running

Author: Dave Milbrandt

Genre: Christian Suspense

Release date: May 1, 2018

An assassin’s bullet sends Jim Mitchell running. When he’ll stop is anybody’s guess.

A tragedy propels Jim into a vacant state assembly seat. The new lawmaker and his wife have a baby on the way, but that doesn’t stop the people trying to keep him from a job he never wanted in the first place. Then Jim gets involved in a plan to thwart a major terror attack that could either make him a hero or get him killed.

Political intrigue and high drama accent this tale of what it costs to find one’s purpose, and what the rewards can be when you do.

Running is the third book in the Jim Mitchell series. Previous titles include Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Running by Dave Milbrandt - Don't let a mistake in the past crush youThe author of Chasing Deception and Undue Pressure, Dave Milbrandt fell in love with writing in junior high and has been a storyteller ever since. A former staff writer for a daily newspaper, the Southern California native spent five years in journalism and public relations before becoming a teacher. Having worked at several area colleges, Dave has taught high school English and Social Studies classes since 2005 and fills his evenings sharing a passion for politics with his community college students. Dave and his wife, Lynn, have been married since 1997.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate his tour, Dave is giving away a grand prize that includes ebooks of all three books in the series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d33e/running-celebration-tour-giveaway