Through the Deep Waters – Kim Vogel Sawyer

About this Book

A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

About the Author

Guest Blog by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Kim share with us the story behind Through the Deep Waters. I really appreciate Kim sharing this with us:

I’ve heard it said that writing is intensely personal, and I’ve always agreed. When it comes to the storyline of my newest release, Through the Deep Waters, that statement is especially true. Dinah Hubley is a young woman carrying emotional scars. She feels cast aside, worthless, unlovable. Dinah Hubley feels the way I felt much of my life.

Even though I was well loved by my parents, even though I was raised to believe God loved me unconditionally, even though teachers through the years assured me of my abilities, I couldn’t accept it. I allowed the mistreatment of one person to color my opinion of myself. As a child and teenager, I hid behind a curtain of shyness, escaping into self-created fantasy worlds to cope. As an adult, my attempts for perfection to overcome the ugliness underneath resulted in multiple chronic illnesses that impacted my daily existence. Emotionally, spiritually, physically…I was broken.

Then in September of 2004, God reached down through a prayer warrior named Brandilyn and healed me of the tremendous burden of shame that had kept me mired in feelings of unworthiness. I stepped forward in a pain-free, shame-free body, and my entire outlook changed. I found freedom. And I began to pray for the opportunity to help other women–women who suffered similar brokenness–to find freedom, too.

For ten years Dinah’s story–my story–has rolled in the back of my heart, waiting for the right time to find its way to the page. This story is laden with characters in need of healing–Dinah, with her emotional scars; Ruthie, with her spiritual flounderings; Amos, with his physical challenges. So much to overcome… But above all, this story is laden with hope.

As the focus for Through the Deep Waters, I chose a scripture from Luke 8, words spoken by Jesus to a woman who reached out and touched the hem of His robe in a gesture of hope and longing: “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole…” It is my fervent prayer Dinah’s story might help one person who feels cast aside, worthless, unlovable, to find the courage to reach out for Jesus and accept the healing He longs to give.

Thank you for the opportunity to share the background inspiration for a story that is intensely personal to me.

My Review

This is the third book I’ve read by this author and she continues to impress me with her story telling ability. Each story she develops at least one character that I find extremely endearing. In this story there are two, Dinah and Amos, our two main characters.

Both of our main characters are broken in their own way. Each struggle to find acceptance, yet Amos had his faith that he leaned on. Dinah broke my heart with the depth of her pain and the feelings of worthlessness. I saw myself in Dinah as I think many women will. Ruthie, Dinah’s roommate and co-worker was also a great character and I enjoyed watching her as she struggled with how to handle her new roommate. However, in many ways my favorite character was Mr. Irwin.

The story itself is well told and not completely predictable. It’s well paced and I found myself drawn in from the opening pages.

This is a stand alone story. If you’ve read and enjoyed other Kim Vogel Sawyer books you will absolutely love this story. If she’s a new author to you this will give you a great introduction to a talented writer.

The Give Away

Kim has been graciously enough to offer a copy of this great book to one winner. If we break 100 entries I’ll pick a second winner for a $10 Amazon gift card.

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16 thoughts on “Through the Deep Waters – Kim Vogel Sawyer”

  1. I tried to comment by got a message that said I wasn’t authorized to do so. My comment was something like: I finished both Darkness Rising (Bk 2 in East Salem Series) by Lis Wiehl and To Whisper Her Name (Bk 1 in Belle Meade Plantation Series) by Tamera Alexander. I am still reading In the Shadow of the Sinai by Carole Towriss and on my Kindle, I’m starting Texas Roads (Miller’s Creek, Bk 1) by Cathy Bryant. The audiobook I am listening to is Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin. I’m on the last CD.

  2. I can’t wait to read this story. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Brandilyn is amazing, and so is Kim!

  3. Hi!!

    I’m doing a reading marathon of Laura Frantz’s books!!

    My thanks to you and Kim for the wonderful post, review, and opportunity to win a copy of “Through the Deep Waters”!! I have wanted to read this book since I first heard of it – the fact that it represents events in Kim’s own life makes it even more desirable!! She is a wonderfully gifted and inspiring author who spreads God’s love to everyone!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Kim, I knew Dinah’s story was close to your heart, but I didn’t realize just how intimately. My heart breaks for you, but I’m praising God for your healing. Isn’t freedom such a breath of fresh air? I’m thankful you dared to dig deep into your past to bring such a beautiful story of hope and healing to the world. I’m sure it will touch many, many hearts in the years to come.

    To answer the question prompted by the giveaway, I’m currently between books. The one I just finished, an early copy of Beth Vogt’s SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, was another sweet story about healing, this time from the grief of losing a husband. God’s healing has been the theme of the last three books I’ve read, actually. Wonder what that’s telling me…

    Blessings,
    Andrea
    Proofreader/Writer
    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com
    writingtoinspire.blogspot.com

  5. Absolutely love Kim’s books!! This book sounds fantastic and I hope to win! I am reading Vanetta Chapman’s book now Material Witness.

  6. What am I reading..?
    “Rose O’ the Sea” by Countess Barcynska & “The Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  7. I really enjoyed hearing the story behind this books. Makes me want even more to read it. I need another of Kim
    s books. I have just begun Gabriel’s Bride by Amy Lillard. I shared this give-away on my Facebook page. Hope more will check it out. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  8. Hi, thanks Kim for the great story behind the title I just finished and really liked Unraveled by Heidi Mccahan

  9. I just finished ‘Followed’ by Elane Dauber Thornton. Loved it, need to do a review on it now. I have been able to already read ‘Through the deep Waters’ but would still love to win the book.

  10. I am going to start Love Still Stands by Kelly Irvin. I just finished The Shepherd’s Bride by Patricia Davids. I enjoyed it.

  11. I’m currently reading A Heart’s Rebellion by Ruth Axtell. Thank you for the story behind the story, I didn’t realize it was such a personal one. Thank you for the giveaway!

Welcome! I appreciate your thoughts!