The Desire


“The Desire” is the story of Allan and Michele, a young couple who would like to start a family but have had no success. Michele can think of nothing else and resents that Allan seems to be more interested in his mission trips to Africa than her desire for a child. Obviously tensions in their marriage are escalating. At the same time, a pregnant teen enters the lives of Michele and the Anderson family and it appears that her baby could be the perfect solution to Michele’s problem.

In this compelling novel, the reader gains a look into the thoughts and emotions of an infertile young woman as well as an unwed mother. The story also takes us to the mission field in Africa where we get a graphic glimpse of the kind of life that we as Americans cannot even begin to imagine.

As the novel progresses, we see Michele’s attitude begin to change as she reviews a new curriculum for the children’s ministry in her church. As the Lord begins to work in her life and she begins to depend on Him more, she finds that the desire of her heart is more in tune with what the Lord intended for her and Allan all along.

“The Desire” is well-written and very thought provoking. It is a fitting addition to the Restoration Series and I recommend it.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts–and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time–and their money–on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something’s got to give. But they both hope it’s not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .

Read an excerpt from “The Desire” HERE.

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What critics are saying about the Restoration Series:

“So captivating that you’ll find it very difficult to put down.”–RT Book Reviews

“Readers will be totally drawn in to [the Andersons’] emotional journey.”–Booklist

“Sure to please.”–Library Journal

“Readers will definitely come away satisfied.”–Publishers Weekly


Dan WalshDan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary SmalleyGary Smalley is one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury and The Dance with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife Norma have been married for 49 years and live in Missouri.