by Konnie Viner
In her debut novel, author Konnie Viner creates a beautiful story of hope and healing in the wake of devastation. Amaryllis Journey is an emotional tale of one woman’s struggle to move out of the pain and insecurity of marital betrayal and divorce, into the light of God’s grace. Her new life is facilitated by a wise friend who has been where she is and knows that what is broken is not useless and what is bare can bloom again.
“I’ve experienced many of the same emotions and insecurities that Shannon does. I wrote her story so others can know that the disappointments and failures of your past don’t have to dictate what’s to come.” When Viner chose to have Rose rescue cracked and broken pots and make them into something beautiful, it was with deliberate intent. “I love Rose’s passion for bringing beauty from the broken. Her repurposed containers carry the beauty of God’s creation (flowers) into the world. Our lives are like her art. We are vehicles for God’s grace. Our chips and cracks do not diminish His glory. They showcase His power and His redeeming love.”
Reeling from the pain and rejection of a nasty divorce, Shannon Enright decides to start life over—in a new town, with a new job, new home, new friends. It isn’t easy, but things are finally starting to come together for her. Secrets from her marriage are still unfolding, but she grits her teeth and moves on. Looking for diversion, Shannon volunteers at a local florist shop and tearoom. There she finds more than she ever imagined.
Rose Daniels owns and operates the Amaryllis, a unique gift shop in Shannon’s new town. She repurposes broken household items, turning them into beautifully useful works of art. But Rose’s real purpose is to help others find beauty in the brokenness of life. She counsels young women like Shannon, showing them the quiet love of a faithful God and teaching them to trust His plan.
When Shannon’s ex returns, at first to sweet-talk and then to demand, it’s Rose’s counsel that keeps Shannon safe and sane. But Rose has been hiding her own dark and dangerous secrets, and her past is about to catch up with her.
When things come crashing down around them, will either woman find the strength to let God showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?
Rested Soul, Resilient Heart: Finding Hope in the Storms of Abuse and Betrayal
Embark on a healing journey which will increase your faith, provide strength, align your priorities, and give you renewed hope for healing.
Chapter 1 Devastated—Assess the Damage
Chapter 2 Deceived—Abandon the Lies
Chapter 3 Distressed—Address Your Fears
Chapter 4 Defined—Appropriate God’s Promises
Chapter 5 Drawn—Affirm Your Worth
Chapter 6 Determined—Accept God’s Plan
Chapter 7 Derailed—Avoid Future Traps
Chapter 8 Devoted—Abide in His Presence
You can confidently place your past, present, and future in God’s capable hands!
He can be trusted to heal the pain of the past, keep you safe, and guide you in the future.
“But I trust in You, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God my times are in Your hands.’” Psalm 31:14
Her first book, Rested Soul, Resilient Heart: Finding Hope in the Storms of Abuse and Betrayal (2017), is an eight-week study in Psalms to help Christian women find victory in the aftermath of these relationships.
God’s faithfulness seems elusive when abuse and betrayal cause devastating emotional storms.
There will be difficult decisions ahead, but Jesus is the true anchor that holds securely in every storm. Daily opportunities are provided for hope and healing by Praying the Scriptures, Recalling God’s Faithfulness, and Listening to His Voice.
You can rely on God’s promised faithfulness, which is the key that unlocks hope in the darkest emotional storms. A journey that began in deep pain can end in renewed faith and trust.