Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Lavender Tears
Author: Sondra Cunningham
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women’s Fiction
The strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart.
Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany’s journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life’s unexpected tragedies.
When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary’s life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn’t see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father’s love and destined for a unique purpose.
Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother’s garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.
Lavender Tears is the debut novel by Sondra Cunningham. It is Biblical fiction/women’s fiction that follows the life of Mary of Bethany before her historical encounters with Jesus recorded in the Gospels.
I haven’t read many Biblical fiction books, but after watching and enjoying a popular Christian show, I decided to give this book a try. It is more than a story about Mary and her life. It is about how her life was shaped by God from the very beginning to prepare her for her encounter with the Messiah we are familiar with from studying our Bible. I loved how we not only got to know Mary more intimately by learning her backstory by we also got to know Jesus better by seeing His impact in her life.
For me, this story took a few chapters to really grab me, but once Mary was given the alabaster jar from her grandmother, I had to know how Mary’s story led to that moment when she washed Jesus’ feet.
Mary goes through many trials, but I loved the themes of hope, especially in Jesus as the Messiah. This is a message for every generation, culture, and era. I also loved her quiet moments alone with God and the sunrise–a reminder that His mercy is new every morning.
And the lavender. Its beauty and comforting smell were prominent in this story, and I loved how its importance was woven through each piece of the book.
Overall, I thought this was an interesting tale of Mary from Bethany. I’d truly never thought about her full story, and although this one is fraught with as many sorrows and happiness, it all pointed beautifully to Jesus. If you enjoy Biblical fiction, you will enjoy Lavender Tears.
I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sondra Cunningham is a wife, mother, worship leader, women’s minister, artist, dreamer, interpreter, and the writer of the new novel, “Lavender Tears.” Her words are eloquently written with sincere pathos and personal understanding of life’s hardships. Sondra’s desire is to use her voice in both song and written word, to sing healing over others and inspire the fallen to get back up. Through many difficulties within her years, Sondra has learned the precious truth of overcoming. Her ministry radiates hope for all those who have struggled to truly receive the love of God and find the confidence to leave the past behind. Sondra lives and works out of her home in upstate New York with her family. She spends her time passionately seeking Jesus, homeschooling her two children, leading worship, biblically interpreting dreams, painting, and writing.
(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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