The Reunion by Dan Walsh (review and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  September 14, 2012 — 25 Comments

Update: The end of this contest will come and go while I’m out of town. But I promise to email a winner on Monday! Blessings!

Where would we be without behind-the-scenes heroes? The men and women who value the good they can do for others above their own comfort, gain, or even reputations. They are like the humble men from Band of Brothers, who—when asked if they considered themselves heroes—answered, “No. But the other guys I fought with were.”

The main character in Dan Walsh’s The Reunion is just such a man. Aaron Miller lives in a storage room as the handyman at Bentley’s Trailer Park & Campground. Most folks don’t give him a second glance. Little do they know this man with a servant’s heart also treasures a warrior’s medals.

Aaron can repair most anything that needs fixing—except for the mess he’s made of his own life. To his way of thinking, his sins are too great for anyone save God to forgive. Perhaps because he has been bruised and battered, he has a special instinct when it comes to recognizing and restoring hurting people. And God honors Aaron by placing a burden on someone else’s heart to return the favor. The story that plays out is a beautiful parable of redemption. As the author writes, “God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life.”

George Orwell said, “Good writing is like a windowpane.” This metaphor perfectly captures Dan Walsh’s style. His words opened a window into Aaron Miller’s world for me, and I am better for it. I found myself recalling the times I felt broken and forgotten—until my Heavenly Father found me where I had fallen, gathered me in His arms, and set me on my feet again. Thanks for that, Dan Walsh.

And now, friends, since I don’t want you to miss being touched by this  uplifting story, here are 3 ways you can get your hands on a copy of the book!


1. Dan Walsh is celebrating the release of his new novel, The Reunion, with a 10-book giveaway contest! Five winners will each receive a signed copy of The Reunion, as well as his third novel, The Deepest Waters. (He’s  including this book because it was named a finalist for an ACFW Carol Award.) Click on this link to The Reunion Book Giveaway to see how easily you can enter the contest! (Giveaway ends Monday, September 17th.)

2. I’m also giving away a copy of The Reunion. (US only) Just leave a comment on this post to be included. (List bonus entries in that one comment.) Contest ends Friday, September 21st. (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. ***Thanks to Revell, a division of Baker Book Publishing Group, for providing the book for me to review.

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About Dan Walsh, in his own words: “I was born in Philadelphia in 1957 (guys don’t care if you know their age) to a mostly blue-collar, hard-working Irish family. In the mid-sixties, General Electric hired my dad as an engineer for the Apollo space program. We packed up and moved to Florida, which is really where I grew up.

We attended church every Sunday, but I never clearly understood the gospel until my senior year in high school. In that year, my entire family came to know the Lord. In the spring of that same year, I met the woman who would become the love of my life, Cindi. We dated for a brief period, but I knew my search was over. I asked her to marry me and, to my great surprise, she said yes.

In 1985, I was ordained as a pastor and served in the same church for 25 years, until I retired from ministry in August 2010. In 1984, our daughter Rebekah was born. Six years later, our son Isaac. Both are now grown and married. We already have our first grandson, little Caden.

For the last several years (and hopefully many more to come) I get to do something else I love to do—write books. I began writing full-time in 2010. I have five novels out with Revell and a 6th will release in September.”

You can connect with Dan at his website and on his Facebook author page.

This week I’m linking up with Still Saturday, Spiritual Sundays, Soli Deo Gloria, Monday Meet Up, Sharing His Beauty, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Teach Me Tuesdays, and Gratituesdays.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

25 responses to The Reunion by Dan Walsh (review and giveaway)

  1. I enjoy Dan’s books and would like to win a copy of The Reunion.
    I follow your Facebook page and signed up for your newsletter.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  2. I would love to be included in the giveaway to The Reunion. Thank you!

  3. I am anxious to read this book by Dan Walsh, it sounds like a tremendous story. Thanks for sharing with us..
    Paula O(

  4. this is a wonderful premise. There are many unsung heroes among us.

  5. would love to read dan’s latest novel…thanks for the chance.
    i’m a subscriber to your newletter, too 🙂

  6. I would love to win a copy of Reunion so please enter my name.

  7. I would love to read Dan’s book. I like you on FB, follow you on twitter, and subscribe to your newsletter. Thanks for this opportunity.


  8. Sounds like an interesting book. I already follow you on Facebook and am subscribed to the newsletter.

  9. Love Dan’s books!
    I already like you on FB and follow you on Twitter.
    Just signed up for your newsletter, too.

  10. Thanks for sharing your love of reading. This looks like a really good book.

  11. I’d enjoy winning any of Dan’s books, but definitely would love to read The Reunion!

  12. “God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life.”

    Now that’s something to hang on to!

  13. I’ve read so many great reviews about this one. Looks like I need to add to my growing list of books to read.
    I’m a follower.
    I follow via twitter.
    I follow via Facebook.
    Newsletter subscriber.

    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  14. Thanks for including my name in your drawing . . .
    +1: Follow my Facebook page here. — just sent a friend request
    +1: Follow me on Twitter here. Done!
    +1: Sign up for my newsletter. Also done!

  15. Oh wow! I am in tears with just the review! Thank you for the wonderful recommendation. I’m actually going to purchase it now, so if I do win the book, please bless someone else with it. I am incredibly thankful I found you on NOBH.
    Love and God Bless,

  16. Wow…does this sound like an awesome book! I followed your facebook page and already have signed up for your newsletter…..I would so love to win this book….You always provide my temptation to go book shopping! Love you for that Renee!! 😀

  17. I’ve experienced God’s redeeming work–He searched like the Shepherd looked for his lamb. Interesting sounding review.

  18. I’d love to read The Reunion.
    Newsletter subscriber.

  19. Dan sounds like an author I would like to get to know by reading one od his books, this sounds like a good one to start with.

  20. The Reunion sounds like an uplifting and encouraging book. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

    I’m a subscriber.

  21. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  22. I would love to win a copy of The Reunion.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  23. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Renee! Please include me in the drawing. 🙂

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