Saturday, October 6, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Indivisible by Travis Thrasher



About the Book

Book: Indivisible  
Author: Travis Thrasher  
Genre: General fiction, drama  
Release Date: October 23, 2018  

A novelization of the film Indivisible, this is a story of love and marriage and finding each other all over again.

When Darren deploys to Iraq during the surge of 2007, he leaves behind his loving and supportive wife, Heather, and their three small children. Their marriage is the envy of the base, both believing strongly in the calling to serve in the military. Darren knows he’s there to support the troops in their darkest moments as their chaplain, but what he doesn’t realize is that he will face his own dark moments, which will have lasting effects on his marriage.
  
Meanwhile, Heather is creating a community among the other wives and families left behind. She rallies support back home, realizing the dangers the men and women serving overseas are facing, but she also begins to notice a change in Darren during their brief conversations. When he returns, he is no longer the man who left-the man Heather married. His greatest fear is letting her down, but instead of opening up to her, he shuts her out. Their marriage was so strong before. But how can they get back to where they were . . . or find a new way forward?

Indivisible is a story of sacrifice, marriage, and faith that will leave audiences full of hope even amid their most challenging times.

Click here to purchase your copy!

We are excited to announce that this book is going to be a major motion picture!













My Thoughts


I’m flying back home a wounded man. I didn’t lose
a limb and didn’t lose my life. I have no scars anybody can see.
But I carry bags and bags of hurt and sorrow.
I don’t know where I’m going to be able to store them.
- Darren

Often the life experiences of real people make the most moving stories, and that is certainly the case with Darren and Heather. Indivisible is a story that is powerful, thought provoking, compelling, and inspirational. Travis Thrasher has done a wonderful job creating a novelization from the screenplay in such a way that both versions stand strong.

Darren and Heather loved God, loved each other, and believed the way they chose to serve was God’s calling. Darren “wanted to bring faith and confidence in Christ into a place of war,” while Heather became sole caregiver to their three children and ministered to military wives and families. I thought these words spoken to Darren were so true: “Deployments strengthen strong marriages and weaken weak ones.” Both Darren and Heather had a difficult physical and emotional journey during his 15-month deployment, but neither could fully comprehend the impact of that life on the other.

I have found that there are two options to mental survival
over here: one is to constantly be on edge because, really,
at any moment there could be some sort of attack and people
could die. The other is to go numb to the threat and
live as normally as possible.
- Darren

Thrasher realistically conveys the physical and emotional impact of the war, both on the front and at home, and shows the bonds of friendship through secondary characters. Darren’s journal entries are eye opening.

Indivisible is, at its heart, a story of commitment, hope, and love. Darren and Heather face struggles that all can relate to, in having a strong love and faith tested through life’s hardships and tragedies. This promises to be a powerful movie that I’m eager to see.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


About the Author

Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books and worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. He has written fiction in a variety of genres, from love stories and supernatural thrillers to young adult series. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes and pastors. He’s also co-written memoirs and self-help books. 

His novelizations include Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Upcoming releases in 2018 include The Black Auxiliary about the lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed with Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. 

Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


More about Indivisible

This book is based on a true story, so we’d love for readers and moviegoers to meet the real Darren and Heather Turner:

Darren and Heather Turner both grew up in Georgia, and met in 1999 when Darren was working in campus ministry at the University of Georgia. (Darren is still a Bulldog at heart.) Heather was working as a recruiter for an organization that sends English teachers overseas, and Darren had just returned from a year teaching English in Mongolia when they met. Married that same year, they served another six years together in campus ministry and added three children to their family. 

Through the husband of a friend of Heather’s, Darren learned that opportunities existed for service as a military chaplain. In 2006, Darren completed seminary, was commissioned in the Army, and deployed almost immediately. Their family’s experiences from this timeframe are the basis of the new movie INDIVISIBLE. Darren, who is on active duty, and Heather are passionate about serving military families, marriage counseling, and leading marriage retreats. The Turners currently live in North Carolina with their children Elie, Samuel, and Meribeth. 

Learn more about the Turners!





Giveaway




To celebrate his tour, Travis is giving away a grand prize that includes the Indivisible novel along with a devotional!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the image above or the link below to enter.




Blog Stops


Carpe Diem, October 4
The Becca Files, October 4
Robin is Bookish, October 5
The Power of Words, October 6
Splashes of Joy, October 7
Mary Hake, October 7
Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
A Reader’s Brain, October 10
Book by Book, October 10
All-of-a-kind Mom, October 12
Bibliophile Reviews, October 13
Pause for Tales, October 13
Texas Book-aholic, October 14
Cafinated Reads, October 15
Maureen’s Musings, October 17
A Diva’s Heart, October 17
Bigreadersite, October 17

4 comments:

  1. This sounds like an excellent book for all of us to read to understand better the effects being on active duty in combat zones can have on our service men and women.

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    1. It's certainly a compelling story, Susie. Hope you get to read it soon.

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  2. Carole, Thank you for sharing Indivisible. It sounds like a must read.

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    1. Caryl, the book is really good and made me determined to see the movie. It will impact all who see and/or read it. So glad you stopped by today!

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