First Line Friday #78

Posted September 13, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 25 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The book I’m sharing this week is:

Shades of Light

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It was the sighing, the news article read, the awful sighing that caught the woman’s attention in the half-light of morning and led her down to the beach.

Shades of Light is a new release that has been highly recommended to me by multiple people. I was kicking myself that I didn’t buy a copy while I was out at FRS so I went out and bought a copy at my local Christian bookstore shortly after returning home. I’m really looking forward to jumping into this one soon <3

About the Book:

“I was desperate. . . . I couldn’t turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed. And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn’t stop, and I got really scared. I’ve had bouts with depression before–it’s kind of a cloud I’ve learned to live with–but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I’d never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse and it all spiraled from there.”

Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress.

Fans of Sharon Brown’s bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.

About the Author:Sharon Garlough Brown

Sharon Garlough Brown (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and author. Her book “Sensible Shoes” was named one of television personality Kathie Lee Gifford’s “favorite things” in March 2013, and her book “An Extra Mile” won Christianity Today’s Fiction Book of the Year for 2019. She and her husband Jack have served congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, England, and West Michigan, where they co-pastored a congregation for many years. Her books “Shades of Light” and “Remember Me” release in 2019.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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25 responses to “First Line Friday #78

  1. nashpredsfan27

    I haven’t even heard of this book (not that I could fit another one into my calendar this month). Thanks for sharing.

    I’m sharing the first line from One Final Breath at my blog but right now I’m reading WayFarer by Janalyn Voigt, so I’ll share that line first line with you. An indrawn breath alerted Kai.

    Have a fantastic weekend.

  2. 1bgpayne

    London, 1855
    I have long abhorred black. It is a great abyss, sucking in the colours of the rainbow and wringing the life from them.
    First two lines from The Old Lace Shop by Michelle Griep. It is available in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas
    (I cheated and shared the first two lines. Sorry)

  3. Kay Garrett

    If the rancid coffee was an indication of the day ahead, perhaps Joy Kelliher should have stayed in bed.
    A MOTHER FOR HIS TWINS by Jill Weatherholt
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon: It’s such a good book. Currently, I am reading book 2 in the series, All of You, so I will share a line from there.

    “England, 1944
    The gangplank bounced under the weight of passengers disembarking the large transatlantic liner — a veritable Goliath to the small David-like tugboats dotting the harbor.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!

  5. On my blog today, I am featuring a nonfiction, Leveling the Praying Field by Donna L. Barrett. Since it’s my current read, I will share the first line in Chapter 4 here: When circumstances turn out the way a person asked in prayer, they’ll often say, “Prayer works.” Think of prayer as a telephone, a communication device. What really matters is who is on the other end of the line.

    I hope you will have a wonderful weekend!

  6. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Hold Me” by Alexa Verde:

    “Aileen McKenzie might not make it.”

  7. Happy Friday. On my blog today I featured Elizabeth Camden’s, The Spice King . Mine is the first two lines, sounded better than one.

    “May 1900

    Washington, DC

    Annabelle Larkin hadn’t meant to offend the world’s leading spice tycoon with her bold request,yet it seemed she had.

    The letter he’d written in reply made that clear,but she read it a second time, searching for a shred of hope in it’s prickly text. ”

    I haven’t read Shades of Light yet but you’ve made me want to. It sounds so good!

    Thank you for visiting my blog today and I am now following yours by email.

    Happy reading 🙂


  8. Ellie

    I’m currently reading You Belong With Me by Tari Faris and am on chapter 11 so I’ll share that first line here: “She’d turned out even worse than her mother.” I hope you have a nice weekend!

  9. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Heather Day Gilbert on my blog today, so here is another line from the first page:

    “I cozied up on my blue couch, setting my warm mug of Arabica coffee on the low table in front of me.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

    May 1900 Washington D.C.
    Annabelle Larkin hadn’t meant to offend the world’s leading spice tycoon with her bold request, yet it seemed she had.

  11. Beautiful cover and great first line!

    My first line comes from A Reluctant Belle by Beth White — Tree limbs slapped Joelle’s face as she ran through the woods behind the bathhouse.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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