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The Promise (Restoration #2)

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For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through two coffee shops and the library, using their wi-fi to search for a job on the internet. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Oct 30, 2013 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it really liked it
Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley combine their efforts once again with the satisfying read, "The Promise", the second addition to The Restoration Series. Readers will be pleased to see the return of Marilyn and Jim, as we are treated to a view of their marriage after they've survived the turbulent waters as seen in the first book of the series, "The Dance". Though their marriage is by no means now perfect, it provides a wonderful portrayal of how a marriage built on Christ should look! I also really ...more
The Promise, just like The Dance (the first book in The Restoration Series), immediately drew me into the story and didn't let up until I reached the end. I love when this happens!

In The Promise the story centers on Tom & Jean, Jim & Marilyn's son and daughter-in-law, but it also focuses on the mending relationship of Jim & Marilyn. I loved seeing how the changes Jim made have helped his relationship with his wife. I also loved how this book showed that it's still not an overnight th
Sep 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Authors: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
Publisher: Revell
September 2013
ISBN: 978-0800721497
Genre: Contemporary

One home, two hearts, and the power of a promise kept . . .

For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through coffee shops and the library, using their wifi to search job listings online. The str
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This is my fifth book that I have read and reviewed on Books and Needlepoint by Dan Walsh. (You can find all my reviews here. ) I continue to be touched and renewed while reading his books. This latest, the second in the Restoration Series is no exception. I would recommend reading The Dance first though as you get some background information that not knowing won't detract from the story, but I felt it gave me a better understanding of the family dynamics.

I enjoy these books because the foundat
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
When I was offered this book to review, it was not clearly pitched to me as being part of a series. I wish it had been. It's the second in The Restoration Series and I think it picks up right after the first book, which I have not read. I think the books should be read in order.

The formula for The Promise seems to be very similar, as near as I can tell, to the first book, The Dance. That formula includes a difficult marriage, reconciliation and renewed faith in God. While this book picked up tow
Sep 08, 2013 Loren rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Restoration Series is every bit as good as the first book ("The Dance") in this series! If you want to read this as a stand alone book, you certainly can! No matter what ...this is just a must read book!

I truly appreciate how "The Promise" deals with such true to life situations and shares such an incredible teaching on how to deal with circumstances that arise in marriage. Also, showing how God will bring you through those hard times when you seek HIM! Tom & Jean both are hid
Clara Roberts
Sep 08, 2014 Clara Roberts rated it it was ok
The wring is stilted and the transitions from scene to scene are poorly written. The idea behind the book was good. An overbearing grandfather
who produces an overbearing son that produces a son with the sane mar in his psychic. The story involves how the cycle is broken. The thesis of the book was good, if only the writing matched the story. The main character spent too much time sobbing and in great emotional distress. My thing is stop crying and get on with making right what you can make right
Feb 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I found the premise of the book interesting- a man loses his job and hides this fact from his wife for 5 months. However, the writing seemed stilted, and I thought the plot line was too easy to guess as I read.
Sep 11, 2013 Danyelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, print, review

Tom Anderson lost his job five months ago and hasn't told anyone, not even his wife. He leaves each morning pretending nothing has changed and spends his days in coffee shops and bookstores job hunting. The stress of keeping his unemployment a secret is pushing him and his wife apart and putting his marriage in danger. Tom is going to tell her after he finds a job, if his marriage lasts that long.

Jean Anderson knows something is wrong with her husband. He's been coming home angry and bitter fo
Sep 07, 2013 Charity rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that leaves you fulfilled and yet wanting at the end. I know those are oxymorons, but I am dead serious when I say it. I was blessed to be able to read the first one in the series, The Dance, and I totally fell in love with it from the beg. And you know how it is, when one book in a series is really good and then the next one isn't too good? Well, I was kinda worried about that with The Promise. I mean, I really, really liked the first one! What if this one was no ...more
Carole Jarvis
Sep 08, 2014 Carole Jarvis rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Promise is book two in a beautiful series that combines the literary talents of Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of Gary Smalley. The Restoration Series pulls back the curtain of a family that has laid their foundation on shifting sand, but is slowly rediscovering genuine love and the power of forgiveness.

When it comes to my favorite genre, character-driven/relationship stories, Dan Walsh has always delivered - and continues t
Randy Tramp
Sep 26, 2016 Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing
Tom Anderson has been without a job for five months, but his wife doesn't know that. His wife, Jean, also has a secret. Will their non-communication destroy their marriage?
(This is the second book in the restoration series.)

The story drew me in right from the beginning and kept me eagerly reading throughout the entire book. The characters are down-to-earth people, who could be my next door neighbors.

Jim and Marilyn are vacationing in Italy. The scenes were written in such a way, it felt like I
Lisa Johnson
Sep 07, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: The Promise (The Restoration Series Book #2)
Author: Dane Walsh & Gary Smalley
Pages: 304
Year: 2013
Publisher: Revell
Inspirational and thought provoking along with a couple tugs on the heart makes The Promise quite a stunning book! This is a story of one generation after another in a family, repeating actions and words observed from the next generation. Then, when one marriage breaks apart and begins anew with hard work along with accountability, is it possible that another marriage will
Victor Gentile
Sep 08, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, “The Promise” Book Two in The Restoration Series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Tom and Jean Anderson.

From the Back Cover: One home, two hearts, and the power of a promise kept . . .

For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he’s been hiding from his wife Jean–and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through two coffee shops and the
Sep 04, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Hopeful. Inspiring.
Those are the three words I would use to describe The Promise.

The entire Restoration Series is based on such a great idea,
and that premise is brought to life so well through the saga of the Anderson family.

The Anderson's are believable characters that I related to right away, because they are living out the stories that I have witnessed all around me.

As Tom Dugan said in In The Heat of The Night:
"We did all the things that married people do.
We bought things an
Sep 07, 2013 Veronica rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable and informative story that takes place about 7 months after the first book, "The Dance." While the first book centered on the parents, Jim and Marilyn, and how their marriage was restored, this story focuses on their oldest son and his relationships with his father, wife, and son. Tom Anderson has been out of work for five months and he has kept this secret from everyone, including his wife. All Jean knows is he's become more distant and angry the last several months and she ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Nancee rated it it was amazing
Jim and Marilyn Anderson have reclaimed their marriage through prayer, hard work, love, and a new respect for one another. Their second honeymoon in Italy is the perfect celebration of a love renewed. Unbeknown to them, their oldest son lost his job five months earlier. He hadn't even confessed this to his wife, but continued to keep the schedule he had maintained in his previous job. He spent his days in the library and coffee shops searching the Internet for work, and coming up empty-handed. ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Promise
The Restoration Series #2
By Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

The Dance picks up two months after The Dance ends. Jim and Marilyn Anderson have reconciled and are in Italy on their second honeymoon. But as their marriage improves their son Tom and his wife Jean are quickly heading into the same rocky territory Jim and Marilyn have so recently left behind.

Tom is keeping a secret, a secret that could cost him everything. For 5 months he has been going to a job that he doesn't have. Living off h
Sep 03, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
Y’all know that I prefer to read any series of books in order, but I made an exception with The Promise because I was intrigued by the concept…a man has been lying to his wife for five months and he’s about to destroy his already fragile marriage because of his deception.
Jean Anderson has no idea that her husband, Tom, lost his job five months ago. All she knows is that something is terribly wrong. And her own secret is only going to complicate things further.
Dan Walsh’s storyline is sprinkled l
Tamara Tilley
Nov 06, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it liked it
Shelves: own
THE PROMISE is the second installment in The Restoration Series by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. And though it was well written, I didn’t find the storyline as captivating as THE DANCE, the first book in the series.

THE PROMISE follows the lives of Tom and Jean Anderson, a dysfunctional couple, though they don’t even realize it.

Tom has lost his job and has spent the last five months lying to Jean. He’s withheld the fact that he is unemployed and they are about to lose everything. He never intended
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE PROMISE by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is an incredible inspirational Contemporary Fiction. #2 in "The Restoration" series,but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters. Although, I would suggest reading "The Dance" first just to better understand the characters of Jim and Marilyn Anderson. This is the story of Tom and Jean Anderson, a dysfunctional couple to say the least,and one who is on the verge of disaster. Tom, is Jim and Marilyn's son,from "The Dance",he has lost his ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Flora rated it it was amazing
When you find yourself blurting out "oh no!!" while reading a book, you know you have found a good one. That was what I did while reading a scene in "The Promise" by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. I find it hard to get into fiction nowadays and even less frequently do I get drawn in like this work of fiction has done.

I picked out The Promise to read because Gary Smalley has collaborated with Karen Kingsbury before and I enjoyed that series. I must say he has done perhaps even better in this series
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 07, 2014 Susan Snodgrass rated it it was amazing
Dan Walsh is a particular favorite of mine. He writes the most amazing books. He totally understands women, too. He was a pastor for 25 years before becoming a writer and I'm pretty sure this helped him in his writing career.

The Promise is the second book in the Restoration series he cowrites with Gary Smalley. I see Dan's writing in this book and Gary's relationship skills here as well.

The first book dealt with Jim and Marilyn Anderson's marriage problems. (If you haven't read that one, run to
Sep 09, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
"The Promise" takes place several months after the first book in the series ends, and focuses on the oldest son Tom, although we do get to reconnect with Jim and Marilyn (Tom's parents) who were the focus of the first story, who are on their second honeymoon in Italy. With this story we see that Tom acts alot like his father Jim did, which totally makes sense because we often learn our behaviours from our parents.It was interesting to see how far Tom would go in order to keep his secret, and I ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of Christian fiction books outside of the suspense genre', but Dan Walsh is one author whose books fall into that exception. When faced with the decision to read one of his books or a suspense novel, I'll pick his book any day.

This is book two in a new series by Dan and relationship expert Gary Smalley. These books aren't simply good fiction. They are filled with great relationship advice.

The first book, The Dance, centered on Jim and Marilyn Anderson and their failing marr
Oct 03, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
Sir Walter Scott wrote those lines in 1808, and The Promise illustrates the many consequences that arise when Tom Anderson disregards this warning. When he loses his job, he decides to protect his wife, Jean, by not telling her what happened. After all, he’s bound to find other employment soon and she’ll never have to know.
Five months later, no job and he’s still hiding his secret. Their marriage is beginning to crack at the
Christina Banks
The Promise is the second book in the Restoration Series. I loved the first book in this series and was eagerly anticipating the second book, but I was disappointed. While there was nothing wrong with the story, it just didn't grab me and hook me the way that The Dance did. Dan Walsh is one of my favorite writers, so I was surprised to not enjoy this novel. The characters did not engage me like I wanted, and at times the story seemed contrived and forced along. While I understand the shame of th ...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Sep 04, 2013 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Restoration Series, opens up two months after the first book The Dance ends.
Tom, Jim and Marilyn's son has lost his job and has been keeping it from his wife Jean for five months. He believes he is protecting her, yet in essence he is protecting himself from his father. His father, Jim was disciplined with an iron fist, and received no positive reinforcement as a child from his dad, so he did the same with his son, Tom. Until it is reviled to him through his Uncle Henry,
Sharon Chance
Oct 06, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley's "The Restoration" series, and this installment follows the story of the son, Tom Anderson, and the state of his marriage.

This series is revolving around the theme of troubled marriages and how communication and deep faith plays such an important role in successful relationships. As readers follow the story of Tom and his wife, Jean, and how they deal with their troubles, the authors show how keeping the lines of communication, honesty and
Sep 10, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
First off I have to say I wasn't crazy about these characters at first, they were so frustrating! Jean needs a backbone and Tom should have to stand in a corner until he realizes just what a mess he has made. I wonder if people really do this kind of thing, Tom lost his job and is keeping it a secret but he pretends to go to work every day. Jeans knows something is wrong but has no clue what and she's afraid to talk to him about it, he's not the most loving man, but she too is harboring a ...more
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“Well, see, you’ve taken care of the most important things,” his father said. “Nobody fixes things like God. Once we humble ourselves and start looking to him for direction, and we’re willing to do whatever he tells us, he can start turning everything around again, working it all to our good and to his glory. I know all about this now, Tom. Firsthand. You’d be amazed at what God can do, even in a matter of months. That’s why I’m here this afternoon. You know that, right? Not to judge but to help you. Maybe share a few of the things I’ve learned. Some of it from last summer, when I almost lost your mom. Some of it I just learned yesterday from your uncle Henry.” “He mentioned he had something kind of big to talk to you about.” “Well, he did. And it was big. I’d like to share it with you if you’re okay with that.” “I’m all ears,” Tom said.” 0 likes
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