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Another Dawn
Another Dawn
Author: Kathryn Cushman
Grace Graham is back in Tennessee with her four-year-old son on a short unpaid leave from work, helping her father recover from surgery and spending time with her sister. Shoal Creek seems more backward than ever after her years in California, and it's hard to find organic food anywhere. — When the unthinkable happens and her son is diagnosed...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780764208256
ISBN-10: 076420825X
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
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4.1 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Another Dawn on + 145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Please note this is my opinion. I imagine there are many opinions on this book as it deals with a touchy issue. Grace's son, who was never immunized, was unknowingly exposed to measles in California, where they live. They fly back to her hometown to help her dad recover from knee surgery and inadvertently expose a church nursery full of babies, not old enough to have been immunized, to the measles. This book explores the pros and cons of immunizations and why Grace chose not to immunize her son because of a friend whose son is autistic, supposedly from routine immunizations. Grace isn't very likeable, in my opinion. She is one of those overprotective, preachy mothers that quite honestly get on my nerves - face it, we all know moms like this. :) Her decision to NOT immunize her son put the lives of other children in danger. I agree with one of the statements made by the author that she depends on everyone else immunizing their children so that her non-immunized son will not get these diseases. My heart went out to the mothers of those sick babies. Her decision put those babies in harms way. Difficult to read because of that situation. Grace is also dealing with the fact that she still blames her smoker father for the death of her mother due to cancer and still needs to come to terms with that. A really good read because of the controversial issue. Please remember this is my opinion only and you don't have to agree with me!! Grace just really made me angry in this book!! Also, the attitude of her friend with the autistic child made me angry too. She was the reason Grace didn't immunize her son and yet she was so callous about the whole situation. For the reason that it fired me up, I loved the book but hated the situation. Hope that makes sense to someone besides me!!
countrymomma avatar reviewed Another Dawn on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Very Preachy and I could not stand the main character Grace. She drove me crazy. I am glad to rid myself of this book. It was thought provoking, the characters had good development, but the author had me very confused by the end of the book. I couldn't tell if she was for or agianst the things she "preached" about during the book.
And I also felt sorry for Grace's dad, she treated him horrible. She acted like a spoiled brat even though it was clear she was not one.
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myersjewels avatar reviewed Another Dawn on + 58 more book reviews
Simply stated, Another Dawn is a great book. As the story unfolds you find that Grace Graham has made a lot of choices that she regrets, and is beginning to realize that she needs to deal with issues from her past. These choices include relationships with her family as well as personal decisions. The story line about the childhood vaccination controversy comes to life in a very real way when placed in the context of everyday situations. By viewing Graces actions and the consequences they bring, the reader is allowed to see how one persons actions can affect many. A decision can be made with the best of intentions and still have devastating results.

Throughout the book, Grace grew in maturity and began to see the importance of doing the right thing no matter how hard or distasteful. I especially liked the way the author used a biblical example to reinforce the concept of coming full circle and to do over past actions. It is so easy to blame someone else for our difficulties and not accept responsibility for our actions. We all need to remember that many times a heart felt apology is what God intends instead of defending our actions to others.

My only disappointment came from the somewhat casual treatment of Graces unwed mother status. I kept waiting to see her acknowledge that her actions were sin instead of just bad choices and reveal that she had truly developed a personal relationship with God. However, God was still very real throughout the book. This is a thought provoking book on many levels and tells a great story. I highly recommend it.

Bethany House Publishers graciously provided my review copymy opinions are my own.


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