Healing Sands (Sullivan Crisp Series #3)

Healing Sands (Sullivan Crisp Series #3)


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Her life was spinning out of control. A mix of anger and emptiness defined her. Desperate for true peace, she headed to a place of rest - the healing sands.

Ryan Coe feels lost - her marriage is over, her kids are living with their dad, her God-life is silent, and her patience is practically non-existent. To top it off, her once exciting job as a photojournalist has been reduced to taking pictures of enchilada festivals and B-level actors. But when she arrives at the scene of a crime and sees her son's face through her zoom lens, her world crashes. Her only mission - to find out who really did this and why they framed her.

But before she can help anyone. Ryan's got to get her anger in check. She turns to Sullivan Crisp's Healing Choices clinic, but even that doesn't go according to plan. Quirky and unusual don't even begin to describe Sully and she soon realizes that he isn't the quick-fix therapist she was hoping for. Between his unorthodox counseling and a group of women who are the first real friends she's had in a long time, Ryan begins to realize it's not control she's for, but something much more powerful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595544285
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Series: Sullivan Crisp Series , #3
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 614,452
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

Stephen Arterburn is a New York Times bestselling author with more than eight million books in print. He most recently toured with Women of Faith, which he founded in 1995. Arterburn founded New Life Treatment Centers as a company providing Christian counseling and treatment in secular psychiatric hospitals. He also began “New Life Ministries”, producing the number-one Christian counseling radio talk show, New Life Live, with an audience of more than three million. He and his wife Misty live near Indianapolis.

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Healing Sands 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Sullivan Crisp series and the third book that again has unhappy characters in it. Right from the get go, the reader immediately learns that Ryan is not a happy woman. She's divorced, she doesn't have custody of her kids and she has major anger management issues. Then her son is accused of murder and a hate crime. It's a mom's worst nightmare and Ryan has trouble trying to figure out how to handle it. Ryan's story, while unique for Christian fiction, is not unfamiliar as there are many parents and women who have gone through what she does. From her career to trying to handle both her children to dealing with her ex-husband's new girlfriend, she struggles with how to manage it all. I wonder about soccer moms sometimes. I really hope when that time in my life comes that I am not like most of the moms portrayed in the book. And then thing is, the book doesn't focus on stereotypes. I know moms who act exactly like that too. It was nice though to see that some of them do have a friendlier, less competitive side as well. To be honest, while I enjoyed Ryan's story, I really wanted to read more about Sully's story. This is probably because this is now the third book where we are learning more and more about what really happened with his wife. It's quite funny because while I was reading the first book, I had complained that the sections on Sully were slow and took away from the story. Now with this book I felt like there wasn't of it! I was a bit disappointed about what happened to Belinda. I was hoping for justice and an explanation, and perhaps even remorse. Instead, it felt like a cop-out resolution. I think it bothered me because there are people who think like her out there and use Christianity as an excuse to spread their beliefs and can potentially harm others. I did appreciate how Sully has grown since the first book. If he had found Belinda then, the same result would have probably happen by his own hands, yet now he had planned on just talking to her. Overall I enjoyed the story. It's not your typical Christian fiction. The characters here are flawed and come across very real. It is very refreshing to read about characters that DO have problems and don't always want to fix them. I know this book wraps up the series and while I am sad to see the story end, I really would love to read another book more about the Belinda issues. I think that would make for a fascinating read.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
"You know where you've been, the silence whispered to me. Now - will that lead you to someplace you need to go? Or will you let time blow over your tracks before you find your way?" I love this quote from the book "Healing Sands". Ryan Coe's life was out of control. She is divorced, her husband has custody of her two sons, and she is feeling angry and empty. Her oldest son has been charged with a horrible crime, and she is convinced that he is innocent. Her personal life crosses over into her professional life as a photojournalist with a local media company. In desperation she seeks out counselling at Sullivan Crisp's Healing Choices clinic. This story is about a woman desperate to regain her position as Mom to her two boys. It is also a story about her journey with anger and learning to control it. In between her family struggles, work difficulties and personal counselling, she realizes that in order to truly find peace she needs to look for a bigger solution, her faith in God. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, right from the first page ... and I highly recommend it. There are truths hidden within this book that we can apply to our own lives. (I am a member of the Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program, for details go to http://brb.thomasnelson.com)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book, but there seems to be a coding/technical issue with the packaging of this ebook. The cover isn't showing and I want my pretty cover!! This isn't a problem with the other two I purchased by this author, Healing Waters and Healing Stones. B&N please fix this!!
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Elizabeth Moss More than 1 year ago
honest, authentic, insightful, and all-around good read. (the picture of the book is wrong though!)
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leekru More than 1 year ago
The book follows the journey of Ryan Coe, photographer and reporter as she fights to prove her son's innocence when he is charged with a racial murder. Besides dealing with proving her son's innocence, Ryan is also faced with dealing with a broken marriage and relationships with her sons. Her story intertwines with that of her spiritual counselor, Sullivan Crisp, as he too fights his own demons, in tracking down the woman he feels is responsible for his wife and daughter's deaths. While it took me a while to get into the book, once I started reading it, I found it very difficult to put down. It is beautifully and descriptively written and an easy read. Part of the main character's struggle is to learn to listen and while it was entertaining to read, I found myself challenged. The storyline turned out to be a little predictable, but I would definitely recommend it as it is as good, wholesome book. I would definitely like to read the first two of the series that I missed out on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HEALING SANDS is a powerful tapestry woven of drama and mystery, shot through with sparkling threads of humor and poetic prose. This riveting story grabbed me and held me until the wee hours of the morning with laugh-out-loud and take-my-breath-away moments. Arterburn and Rue's writing reveals nuanced characters in compelling situations in settings that shimmer in their clarity. You'll blink sand from your eyes, and take new perspectives with you when you close the cover. I will read this book again-- and highly recommend it to you, as I do HEALING STONES and HEALING WATERS, the first 2 books in the Sullivan Crisp Series. Eager Reader 77
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
The main character is Ryan Coe. She is photographer who has been divorced and chose a career instead of fighting for custody of her children. Then she decides to get back in her kids life. It is harder than she thinks. When she is out photographing one day, she finds her son is at the scene and he is being charged for a crime. But, he is not the only one who going to need some help - she has anger issues that HAVE to be resolved. I really liked this book. It kept me captivated and some of the methods that were used to help Ryan's anger - anyone could use. The book had mystery, love, and real parenting issues that needed to be resolved in a real manner. The one drawback of the book was the cover. It felt like sand thus the name Healing Sands. It made me feel gritty. Overall, I would totally recommend this book to a sister, friend or parent who enjoys reading. Thanks to Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ for sending me a complimentary copy to review. This is not a paid review!
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Like its first two predecessors, Healing Stones and Healing Waters, Healing Sands is an incredible book. Ryan's pain and anger are palpable. And her response to therapy is spot-on for so many of us: fix the problem, but don't dig down for any root issues that might have caused it! Her interactions with the other Christian soccer moms are classic and will resonate with any woman who has been part of a group filled with tensions and unofficial, yet unconsciously assigned, roles. Sully's own quest for justice - or is it revenge? - adds an additional dimension to this story. A Reading Group Guide in the back of the book makes this an ideal choice for small groups or book clubs. This is truly Healing Fiction - dealing with real issues that folks face and pointing them to Truth.
the3kidsandme More than 1 year ago
I was really not sure what to expect from this book. I have never read any of Nancy Rue's books, or heard of her before this. I must say this book really surprised me though...from the moment I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. The story of Ryan Cox, really just captured me. I had to go with her on her journey. A very compelling story! I would absolutely recommend this book to my friends. I think it would be great for a book club as well (there is even a discussion booklet in the back) Everyone could use the truths hidden in this book, for their own lives. I am a Thomas Nelson Book Blogger...interested go to http://brb.thomasnelson.com/join.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Ryan needs help controlling her anger and getting her family back. Sully is on a search to put closure to the deaths of his wife and daughter. Dan needs help being firmer and more decisive. Each of these characters is an integral part of "Healing Sands." They each need to learn how to surrender to God and let Him guide their choices and direction. Is it easy? No, especially when Ryan goes to an accident to take pictures only to find her 15 year old son being arrested for running over a Hispanic teenager. Then, he won't talk to her and Dan (her ex-husband) won't make him. What will happen to Jake and Alex? How do Ginger and Ian fit into the picture? The twists and turns of the case will keep any reader riveted to their seat. Sully is looking for Belinda Cox. His idea is to talk to her and make sure she never causes another person to commit suicide. Why is he arrested? How does Kyle fit into the puzzle? Each person has to look for help from God. Some are reluctant to do so. Will they find their way to Him? I found the story engrossing and compelling. The characters seemed real, and their pain excruciating. There are many things I can use in my own life and it seems that any reader will come away with help and comfort. I recommend it to everyone. With the discussion guide in the back, this book is a great idea for book clubs.