“Unconditional” by Eva Marie Everson (A Buzzplant Tour) with Bonus Book “Firebird”

LOVE REIGNS OVER TRAGEDY

Samantha Crawford, an acclaimed storybook artist, seemingly had it all until losing the love she cherished most. Now fighting despair, she is obsessed with tracking down the murderer of her husband. With no leads and no hope, Sam prepares to take her life until providence intervenes and she is reunited with her childhood friend, Joe Bradford.

Dying of kidney disease, Joe spends his last days serving fatherless children in an under-resourced community. Observing Papa Joe’s tireless love for “his kids,” Sam begins to find new purpose until she comes face to face with her heart’s desire. The innocence and hope of a child competes with the lure of revenge in an effort to show Sam how, even in life’s darkest of circumstances, Love is above all.

Unconditional–the movie.

Unconditional is based on the true story of Papa Joe Bradford, a remarkable man of God. The screenplay was written by Brent McCorkle and Amy Parker. Brent also directed the film.

I “met” the producers, agent, etc. (by phone or email) before I received the screenplay and movie. And I can tell you that I know that I know is that these men and women love God and want to bring His message through story to the world.

They’ve chosen a powerful one in Unconditional.

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 Author of the Book: Eva Marie Everson

I was born and reared just outside of Savannah, Georgia. Yeah, I have a southern accent. It gets a little more southern every time I cross the Florida/Georgia state line.

I am a seminary graduate and former nurse-turned-Christian novelist. I hated nursing but love God with a passion and can hardly get through a conversation without talking about our relationship! I think the Old Testament is totally FUN to read (I mean, HOW much stuff can one clan of people get in to?) and the New Testament draws me closer to Heaven. Yeah!

Her previous books include The Potluck Club, Things Left Unspoken, and Chasing Sunsets.

Credit source.

My Review:

This book starts with a heart-wrenching story of a short-lived marriage between Billy and Samantha Crawford until a bullet took Billy’s life.  Eva has written with clarity the life Samantha was living as a recluse after her husband died.  It’s heart-rending, deep and personal.  You can easily put yourself in her shoes as she drowns herself in grief. No one being able to pull her out of herself.

Before his death, she was a daydreaming children’s book writer.  Her mischievous ways followed her into her marriage with Billy.  The scenes are hilarious and have you relishing the scenes. The romance is exquisite!

While rescuing a young child hit by a car, Eva subsequently renews her friendship with her old friend, Joe Bradford, from grade school.  Though both were shunned in school, they had become fast friends.  He was African-American and she was Caucasian.  Eva brings Samantha back to life through the life of Joe in ways one would never expect.  It’s heartwarming and delightful.

This book, Unconditional, is a powerful story of love triumphing over tragedy.  God is ever close throughout the circumstances–only a prayer away!

A bonus book from the movie was also provided called Firebird by Brent McCorkle and Amy Parker.

It’s the delightful and colorful story of Firebird who always complained about the rain until his mother challenged him to ‘ride the clouds’. An allegory regarding God’s faithfulness.

Your children will love the many caricatures of Firebird’s many poses!  They will have you and your children giggling in delight!

Bio:

Amy Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults, including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer, three Mom’s Choice Awards® recipients, and coauthoring God’s Promises for Girls and God’s Promises for Boys.

She has collaborated with authors ranging from a New York Times bestseller to her very own son. Amy lives in middle Tennessee, with her husband, Daniel, and their two amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

Bio:

Brent McCorkle has loved movies for as long as he can remember. After seeing Star Wars more than forty times as a kid, he and his brother stopped counting. Brent’s films are known for their compelling, heartfelt and emotionally visceral storytelling…including an award-winning project that caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, landing him a subsequent first-look deal with DreamWorks. Brent’s recent narrative work has garnered honorable mentions in publications such as Variety and MovieMaker. Brent lives in Nashville, TN with his wife of seventeen years, and their five children.

Brent’s feature directorial debut is Unconditional, starring Michael Ealy (Takers, Seven Pounds) and Lynn Collins (John Carter, Wolverine). Brent wrote, directed, and edited the film. He composed the majority of the music for the film as well.

Credit Source here and here.

These books were provided by Matt Slaughter of Buzzplant in exchange for my honest reviews.  No monetary compensation was received.

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