SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

The Great Blue Hills of God: A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning the True Meaning of Home

Convergent. Feb. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781984822246. $27. REL
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Beall, along with her husband, Sandy, are cofounders of Blackberry Farm, an upscale resort located near the Smoky Mountains. The two were teammates in many other successful business adventures as well. Life changed suddenly, however, when Kreis took a bad fall, experienced neurological damage, and lost most of her hearing, as well as her senses of smell and taste. While she slowly recovered, she could work only on a limited basis. Eventually, her marriage fell apart, and some years later, her son died in a skiing accident. Amid these tragedies, Beall came to reevaluate her life, and though changing her priorities and a renewed relationship with God, she found new purpose.
VERDICT While similar accounts exist on the subject of grief and self-discovery, the inspirational aspects of this well-written work should reach an audience interested in Christian devotional literature or who are familiar with Beall and Blackberry Farm.

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