Thursday, September 20, 2012

Faith, Hope and Gravity by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann

This is a book about a young man named, Liam, who has a very unusual gift, that of seeing the future through his dreams. In fact, the book opens with a dream.

Here's the first line.

 It didn't make sense for Liam to want to get closer to the lightning when every survival instinct told him to run. 

Opening a book with a dream is pretty risky. The author needs to have a very good reason to do it. Rest assured, in this case, there is a very good reason which is revealed as you keep reading to find out exactly why he was dreaming about lightning and what happens to him.

Liam is a flawed protagonist, which is a good thing because the reader is pulling for  him. This novel is very plot driven as Liam travels from one country to another learning valuable lessons not only about his special gift, but about people and life in general. Along the way he learns to forgive and trust others but not without great costs.

Here's part of the back cover blurb:

"Faith, Hope and Gravity" is the spiritual, magical adventure of teenage Liam Kane as he discovers some of the same lessons Merrill Osmond learned as the world-traveling lead singer of the Osmond Brothers.

Like Merrill, Liam is often misunderstood as he helps those seeking for purpose in their extraordinary talents. Liam's visionary abilities gain him international notoriety as "The Prophecy Boy" who swims with dolphins, dreams of a mysterious red door, and champions those who are often misjudged for their uncommon gifts. 

Surviving kidnapping, near-drowning, and imprisonment leads to the discovery that despite differences, when people respect each other and their variety of abilities, the thread of commonality that runs through mankind grows ever stronger. 

About the authors:
Merrill Osmond is a world-class entertainer, producer, author, motivational speaker and renowned  lead singer of the Osmonds. Merrill and his siblings have produced 47 platinum and gold records and Merrill has written the lyrics of five #1 hit records. Merrill is a co-founder of the Osmond Foundation, which orginially produced "The Children's Miracle Network" Telethon. He has produced presidential inaugural events for both Reagan and Bush. Merrill is excited to release his first novel.

Shirley Bahlmann has written a wide variety of genres, including historical fiction, novels, biographies, how-to, and how-not-to books. One of her favorites is a children's book titled "When the Chicken Crossed the Road" which comes with instructions and a chicken-colored washcloth so you can roll your own chicken! Shirley finds the most annoying thing about being a prolific writer is sleep, because she'd rather be writing.

You can learn more about the authors and the blog tour for this novel at several sites.

http://shirleybahlmann.blogspot.com/
http://www.merrillosmond.com/

I was given a copy of this book by the authors to review.

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2 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great book! I met Shirley at Storymakers (she is so nice). I'm so glad to see their book out! I'll have to check it out!

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