Now It Will Spring Forth

Revision of Beauty for Ashes

Behold, I will do something new.  Now it will spring forth.  Will you not be aware of it?   Isaiah 43:19

ALYCE-KAY RUCKELSHAUS (17)

Gentle Version
Coming Soon!

How do you maintain your faith in times of trouble or trauma? What if the trauma had long-lasting effects, perhaps for the rest of your life? Would you still feel that God's got your back? Would you have the courage to live out your convictions? Kelly, a junior at Westmont College in 1981, suffers a traumatic experience which changes her life. Can she rebuild with the help of her family, friends, and college community? How will the trauma affect her faith? What joys can be uncovered in the healing process? And will she ever be able to love again? This story of romance, heartbreak, joy, and faith will inspire you ... and summon you to a confidence that works itself out in reality.  (This is a rewrite of Beauty for Ashes. If you're looking for the old version, see below.)

There are two versions of this, the first book in the Isaiah Cadre series.  Both begin with a traumatic event; however, the gentle version goes into less graphic detail.  Other than that, the books are identical and the same study guide may be used with them.  The gentle version was created to be read by teens, mixed groups, or those who are very sensitivity to graphic details. The regular version does begin with a sex scene and it's fairly graphic by some standards, tastefully done by other standards.  However, please be assured this is not gratuitous sex, nor does it promote wrong behavior.  In order to get the full impact of the trauma -- and thus, God's grace -- it was felt to be necessary.  I'll let you decide which is most appropriate for you.
This is a wonderful study guide I used while reading "Beauty for Ashes" by Alyce-Kay Ruckelshaus. She poses some very thought provoking and profound questions great for personal use, Bible study or just a study group. This guide provides more in depth information, things to think about after you read the chapters along with scriptural references that apply to each chapter in the order of the book. This is well planned learning material and an excellent accompaniment to "Beauty for Ashes" by Alyce-Kay. I highly recommend this!  ~Yurri

Available in paperback or for e-readers.

The original version, Beauty for Ashes, is still available for a limited time.  I believe that the rewrite is much better, but if you're joining a group that has already started with the original version, rest assured that it's still very good.  You will want the 17-week Beauty for Ashes version of the study guide to go with this.

What People Said About Beauty for Ashes

(Now It Will Spring Forth is the rewrite of Beauty for Ashes)

 

The book offers a realistic portrayal of the way many people handle sudden trauma. It especially demonstrates how trauma affects a normally logical person, and how shame can distort one’s thinking. ~ Pat J Sikora

 

I did not want to put this book down! This is an incredible book that takes you on a journey with so many twists and turns- it leaves you in suspense. Beautifully written romantic yet an intense story that fits readers most ages (be sure to read before passing this on to a teen). You will enjoy this.. I also felt this was a great learning book with lots of guidance throughout the story.Extremely well thought out real life situations even though this is fiction. I also purchased the Study Guide to use to read along with the chapters which really has you thinking, pondering and reflecting. It really touched my heart. A must read book! I can't wait to start the next book in this Isaiah Cadre Series. I will be gifting these books to young women and of all ages on up and everyone in the series to come! ~ Yurri

 

I did not want to put this book down! This is an incredible book that takes you on a journey with so many twists and turns- it leaves you in suspense. Beautifully written romantic yet an intense story that fits readers most ages (be sure to read before passing this on to a teen). You will enjoy this.. I also felt this was a great learning book with lots of guidance throughout the story. Extremely well thought out real life situations even though this is fiction. I also purchased the Study Guide to use to read along with the chapters which really has you thinking, pondering and reflecting. It really touched my heart. A must read book! I can't wait to start the next book in this Isaiah Cadre Series. I will be gifting these books to young women and of all ages on up and everyone in the series to come! ~Brianna Anzalone

 

I have given only five stars as I couldn't give it the ten stars it truly deserves. This is a very well written book that allows the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and soul without distractions. ~ WDDJR