Mary Ann Ruhl Thomas’s Newly Released “A Portrait of Grace” Is a Poignant Story About a Mother and Her Daughter Who Both Learn How to Forgive Instead of Seeking Revenge

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“A Portrait of Grace”: a touching book on people who extend grace to offenders and continue living their lives with compassionate, forgiving, courageous, and hopeful hearts. “A Portrait of Grace” is the creation of published author, Mary Ann Ruhl Thomas, a former psychotherapist in mental health in North Carolina.

Anna thought of what her faith demanded—forgiveness seventy times seven and more. Just as God sent Jesus as expiation for all, so she was to forgive anyone, everyone—not forget but forgive, one of the hardest things in the world to do. Holding a grudge would be hardest on her.

With her hands shaking, Anna went to visit Pastor Newman at Glen Harbor Community Church. Maybe he could help her forgive herself and Sonny. On the bulletin board at the church was a flyer advertising a weekend retreat about forgiveness.

Of course, she needed to forgive. Jesus said to forgive, even to love your enemies. But how could she forgive Sonny? There had to be exceptions, but who was she kidding? She knew the intentions of the Bible: everyone is called to forgive, but certainly not now. It would have to wait. Maybe the pastor could help.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Mary Ann Ruhl Thomas’s new novel tackles redemption through forgiveness, just as Jesus Christ forgives sinners in the name of love, no matter how difficult it is to forgive.

The book also shows the possibility of trusting someone again even if one has a dark past. Trusting the Lord to restore a shattered heart and letting him provide justice is also the way to truly heal.

View a synopsis of “A Portrait of Grace” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase“A Portrait of Grace” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “A Portrait of Grace”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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