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Tragedy and guilt follow Sheila Carson around like a sick puppy, causing continual estrangement from her family and a heavy fear of getting too close to other people, especially other people of the opposite sex. She cannot bear the thought of accidentally destroying another man’s life again. Then she meets Hank Johnson. At first, the new fourth-grade teacher gets on Sheila’ Tragedy and guilt follow Sheila Carson around like a sick puppy, causing continual estrangement from her family and a heavy fear of getting too close to other people, especially other people of the opposite sex. She cannot bear the thought of accidentally destroying another man’s life again. Then she meets Hank Johnson. At first, the new fourth-grade teacher gets on Sheila’s nerves, especially after a run-in between one of his students and one of her Kindergarteners. But Hank’s rugged handsomeness and fun-loving personality begin to win Sheila over when he ends up one day after school, helping her to search for her favorite student, Diana, who mysteriously goes missing. Sheila’s faith in God compels her to take a personal interest in Dianas’s broken home life, and at the same time makes her begin to wonder if Hank might be part of God’s plan for her life. But while Hank attends church and seems to have his own brand of faith, he is hiding his own past tragedy that has caused him to doubt God’s love for him during the past several years. So when Sheila’s heart begins to lead her in the direction of missions, Hank abruptly drops his relationship with her. But it cannot end there. A mysterious envelope that Hank has forgotten about turns out to be an intricate and shocking connection between both their tragic paths. Will Sheila ever receive the forgiveness she desperately needs? Will Hank ever admit his love for Sheila – and shake off the past hurt that threatens to keep them apart? “The Envelope” weaves together the lives of one man, one woman and an innocent five-year-old girl to bring about a heart wrenching story of healing, forgiveness and God’s persistent love.


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Tragedy and guilt follow Sheila Carson around like a sick puppy, causing continual estrangement from her family and a heavy fear of getting too close to other people, especially other people of the opposite sex. She cannot bear the thought of accidentally destroying another man’s life again. Then she meets Hank Johnson. At first, the new fourth-grade teacher gets on Sheila’ Tragedy and guilt follow Sheila Carson around like a sick puppy, causing continual estrangement from her family and a heavy fear of getting too close to other people, especially other people of the opposite sex. She cannot bear the thought of accidentally destroying another man’s life again. Then she meets Hank Johnson. At first, the new fourth-grade teacher gets on Sheila’s nerves, especially after a run-in between one of his students and one of her Kindergarteners. But Hank’s rugged handsomeness and fun-loving personality begin to win Sheila over when he ends up one day after school, helping her to search for her favorite student, Diana, who mysteriously goes missing. Sheila’s faith in God compels her to take a personal interest in Dianas’s broken home life, and at the same time makes her begin to wonder if Hank might be part of God’s plan for her life. But while Hank attends church and seems to have his own brand of faith, he is hiding his own past tragedy that has caused him to doubt God’s love for him during the past several years. So when Sheila’s heart begins to lead her in the direction of missions, Hank abruptly drops his relationship with her. But it cannot end there. A mysterious envelope that Hank has forgotten about turns out to be an intricate and shocking connection between both their tragic paths. Will Sheila ever receive the forgiveness she desperately needs? Will Hank ever admit his love for Sheila – and shake off the past hurt that threatens to keep them apart? “The Envelope” weaves together the lives of one man, one woman and an innocent five-year-old girl to bring about a heart wrenching story of healing, forgiveness and God’s persistent love.

30 review for The Envelope

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Johnson

    Good clean uplifting book I liked that the book is about Christian people finding the will of God for their lives. They struggled with real life problems and God led them to the correct answers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Tragedy and guilt follow Sheila Carson around like a sick puppy, causing continual estrangement from her family and a heavy fear of getting too close to other people, especially other people of the opposite sex.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Gorecki

    I struggled with this one. On the one hand, I had flashbacks from growing up in charismatic and Pentecostal churches, and in the late 90s/early 2000s, a lot of this is pretty typical of the culture. So it was very familiar and somewhat comfortable. On the other hand, the culture back then, and in this book, were full of many unrelatable Christian-ese statements and sentiments, as well as dangerous thought processes that all you had to do was pray or have faith and God would take “it” away. Have I struggled with this one. On the one hand, I had flashbacks from growing up in charismatic and Pentecostal churches, and in the late 90s/early 2000s, a lot of this is pretty typical of the culture. So it was very familiar and somewhat comfortable. On the other hand, the culture back then, and in this book, were full of many unrelatable Christian-ese statements and sentiments, as well as dangerous thought processes that all you had to do was pray or have faith and God would take “it” away. Have PTSD? “That’s easy” - It’s just demonic and you can pray for immediate deliverance. Have cancer? Get saved and pray and God will heal you. And there will always be someone to prophetically speak to you when he needs you to know something. And while I’m certainly not saying that was 100% of the time what the book was saying, there was a enough of it that made it frustrating. In real life, God doesn’t always (or often) take things away when they’re hard or you’re weak or things are bad. His strength makes up for our weakness - but our weakness still remains. That’s the point. Yes, God can heal or deliver or speak thru someone. But quite often, he wants us to struggle thru things so we learn to lean on him rather than constantly have the problem removed and “fixed”. (And the emotional immaturity and lack of ability to control the characters’ reactions with other ppl so often, and doormat-codependency of the mother were also really annoying)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    Hank left the mission field after a plane accident killed the pilot and two other missionaries. On the plane he found an envelope but no one seemed to know where it came from. He put it in a backpack and forgot about it. Shiela ran away from Minnesota where members of her family blamed her for killing her niece when she was backing out of the driveway. Both she and Hank were teachers in the same school in Texas. She had kept that horrible secret, and Hank has kept his mission work and plane accide Hank left the mission field after a plane accident killed the pilot and two other missionaries. On the plane he found an envelope but no one seemed to know where it came from. He put it in a backpack and forgot about it. Shiela ran away from Minnesota where members of her family blamed her for killing her niece when she was backing out of the driveway. Both she and Hank were teachers in the same school in Texas. She had kept that horrible secret, and Hank has kept his mission work and plane accident secret as well. They became friends, and as believers they had an instant bond. While searching for a missing homeless student they became closer. A lot of other things happened but I won't give it away. The writing was good, but the metaphysical aspect was a bit much and overdone. It's not something I enjoyed reading about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Campbell

    Not my genre I read chicklit in between other genres. Somehow I had missed the subset of evangelical Christian writers and books. It is not a place of comfort for me. The personal god who heals cancer in an individual but lets famine, wars , and other tragedies destroy the lives of thousands is not a heroic or believable character. The characters in a book who run their lives around this character are neither sympathetic nor believable either. If this is not for you, find something else with bett Not my genre I read chicklit in between other genres. Somehow I had missed the subset of evangelical Christian writers and books. It is not a place of comfort for me. The personal god who heals cancer in an individual but lets famine, wars , and other tragedies destroy the lives of thousands is not a heroic or believable character. The characters in a book who run their lives around this character are neither sympathetic nor believable either. If this is not for you, find something else with better plotting and writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin Brooks

    The bond Sheila is a girl who. . . Hank is a guy who. . . What happens when two teachers and a child in trouble get to know each other and. . . Will they be a happy family or will they be friends??

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    Not really my cup of tea, too heavy going on religion. In not a religious person, so not for me. If you are, then I'm sure you would enjoy this book, love wins out in the end as always. Not really my cup of tea, too heavy going on religion. In not a religious person, so not for me. If you are, then I'm sure you would enjoy this book, love wins out in the end as always.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Beer

    The envelope An unusual story. Sheila had left her home and family in Minnesota and moved to Texas. Having become estranged from her family following accidentally running over her cousin's daughtet. Hank had left the mission field after a plane crash that killed two of his close friends. Both were teaching at the same school where they developed a growing relationship. Both were hiding from their past problems. Several unlikely developments follow. God's will wins in the end. I gave it 4 stars as The envelope An unusual story. Sheila had left her home and family in Minnesota and moved to Texas. Having become estranged from her family following accidentally running over her cousin's daughtet. Hank had left the mission field after a plane crash that killed two of his close friends. Both were teaching at the same school where they developed a growing relationship. Both were hiding from their past problems. Several unlikely developments follow. God's will wins in the end. I gave it 4 stars as at times things didn't always ring true

  9. 5 out of 5

    Norma Gorrill

    The envelope This was a very intriguing story of love , God and missionaries doing their jobs. It was very rewarding to read how missionaries go about doing what they do every day. The travels to foreign countries and the different lifestyles and the food they have to survive on. So many things take place with teachers and students and how they all learn something different all the time. This was a free arc read and a well written one. This is my review and mine alone. Norma Gorrill

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tonya J.

    This book was a well written story with twists and turns that they do you have to really think about following. Best of all, the author clearly demonstrated grief and godly several of repentance. That’s always a delight. The reason I did not give it five stars were for all of the pagan wedding ceremony stuff thrown in as well as other situations… The story overall is very good and a definite good read, I just could’ve done without some of that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Brinklow

    God’s will is best This was a compelling story with a good reminder that we need to be obedient and continue on the path that God has set out for us, at all costs. I loved reading a story that the characters were teachers, as I connect with that. It was written in such a way that the characters and plot were believable and yet, the message of filling God’s will was skillfully woven within the pages.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    The Envelope A truly heart touching story of two people trying to obey God's will for their lives yet allowing past events to keep them locked in a place that prevents full obedience. Their lives, their love and their future can never be happy until they fully trust God and each other with their innermost fears. Great story telling and great witness for God's Grace The Envelope A truly heart touching story of two people trying to obey God's will for their lives yet allowing past events to keep them locked in a place that prevents full obedience. Their lives, their love and their future can never be happy until they fully trust God and each other with their innermost fears. Great story telling and great witness for God's Grace

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Healing Very good read. A teacher haunted by a tragic accident moves across the country where she meets another teacher, also with a sad past. I related well to the characters, especially the lead characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series and by this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Riveting Christian Fiction I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book. They were well-developed and "human." I wish The Lord spoke as clearly to me as it seemed He did to Sheila, Hank and Diana. Such a "feel good" story of redemption and emotion leaves the reader wanting to dig deeper in their journey with God. Riveting Christian Fiction I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book. They were well-developed and "human." I wish The Lord spoke as clearly to me as it seemed He did to Sheila, Hank and Diana. Such a "feel good" story of redemption and emotion leaves the reader wanting to dig deeper in their journey with God.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wilma hutto

    Awesome, wonderful, inspiring I felt Emily Josephine was writing about me. Emily writes about dealing with the same fears and doubts that I have. fears of the past has kept me from truly believing i am loved by our awesome God. I can run away from God but yet can not deny God working in my life. (Jeremiah 29:11) Thank you Emily for this message of hope , love and firgiveness

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    Such an inspirational book everyone who love God must read. I have learn so much from Hank and Sheila; their love for God. They were ready to leave their comfortable lives to fulfill God's will. I also learnt a lot about listenning to God in whatever we want to do, especially in finding your soulmate. It's the best clean romance book Such an inspirational book everyone who love God must read. I have learn so much from Hank and Sheila; their love for God. They were ready to leave their comfortable lives to fulfill God's will. I also learnt a lot about listenning to God in whatever we want to do, especially in finding your soulmate. It's the best clean romance book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Geneva

    Great Christian suspense. A tragic incident takes over Sheila Carson's life, estranged from her family, she tries to make a life for herself, teaching kindergarten. Hank, also a teacher, tries to befriend her, and of course it takes awhile for Sheila to warm up to him. But, there is so much more to the book, than that. No Spoilers!! read the book. Great Christian suspense. A tragic incident takes over Sheila Carson's life, estranged from her family, she tries to make a life for herself, teaching kindergarten. Hank, also a teacher, tries to befriend her, and of course it takes awhile for Sheila to warm up to him. But, there is so much more to the book, than that. No Spoilers!! read the book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie Fox

    Great clean book The spiritual lives of two wonderful people feel God has forsaken or is punishing them because of past horrible events. As their lives became intermingled the haunting events of the past prevent them from embracing the future God has in store for them. The mystery of "The Envelope" begins to break down barriers. I loved the story. Great clean book The spiritual lives of two wonderful people feel God has forsaken or is punishing them because of past horrible events. As their lives became intermingled the haunting events of the past prevent them from embracing the future God has in store for them. The mystery of "The Envelope" begins to break down barriers. I loved the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olamide Vera-Cruz

    Very enjoyable and unpredictable Sat with it till I got to the end. The author keeps you wondering, which for me is most important. I gained new insight into Ps 14. I'll now always be careful about saying no to God. A good deal of us his children are indeed fools. When you read the book, you'll understand what I mean. Very enjoyable and unpredictable Sat with it till I got to the end. The author keeps you wondering, which for me is most important. I gained new insight into Ps 14. I'll now always be careful about saying no to God. A good deal of us his children are indeed fools. When you read the book, you'll understand what I mean.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I really enjoyed this book. I have no idea why this showed up on my Kindle, but God had a reason for that. The story was a little winded at times, but I love how everything worked out and came together in the end. The faith part of the book was very prominent throughout the book, but it is a Christian book :) I really liked this book and I would recommend this book to many others.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Knapp

    Heartwarming! Sheila and Hank were realistic characters, who through the work of God came together. This was well-written and I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellen M. Reed

    Great story!!! After having read many Christian fiction novels, I am glad to say this is definitely one of my favorites!!! Well written with many twists and turns while still focusing on the importance of a life with Jesus and the power of forgiveness!!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathi Harms

    A fun heartwarming story Great story. Fast paced with an original story line. Solid, believable characters. Theologically sound, spiritually uplifting. A nice sweet romance without being graphic.

  24. 4 out of 5

    joan rowell

    The Envelope Very good story. I am glad Hank and Sheila got married. With all they went through, they finally found each other. , I think it's great they are missionaries. God bless them. The Envelope Very good story. I am glad Hank and Sheila got married. With all they went through, they finally found each other. , I think it's great they are missionaries. God bless them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    The letter. This book was awesome, I enjoyed reading it. At first when I saw that it was free, I wasn't going to get it. But God had other plans! This book covers it all, forgiveness, trials and tribulations, fear of the unknown but mainly the love of God! Loved this book! The letter. This book was awesome, I enjoyed reading it. At first when I saw that it was free, I wasn't going to get it. But God had other plans! This book covers it all, forgiveness, trials and tribulations, fear of the unknown but mainly the love of God! Loved this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Hartley

    Great book The Envelope was a very good and clean book. I enjoyed every word and would highly recommend it to anyone, especially to Christian women who don't care for all the yucky sex stuff. Great book The Envelope was a very good and clean book. I enjoyed every word and would highly recommend it to anyone, especially to Christian women who don't care for all the yucky sex stuff.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy Andre

    Characters you can relate to Great story line with relatable characters! The feelings and thoughts were what would be in my mind. Makes you think of circumstances in your own life. Made me pause to pray!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Holler

    Wanting to run in opposite directions can there love win out? Shelia and Hank were both teachers that fall in love. However, she wants to be a missionary and he wants to runaway from being one. Heartfelt love story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Johnston

    Not sure how I managed to DL this book but I was turned off immediately by the "mission" crap and the supposed joys of prosthelytizing. No doubt there's nothing here for me. Either BookBub failed to include warning in the blurb or I hit the wrong book. Not sure how I managed to DL this book but I was turned off immediately by the "mission" crap and the supposed joys of prosthelytizing. No doubt there's nothing here for me. Either BookBub failed to include warning in the blurb or I hit the wrong book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    June Patterson

    The Envelope Beautifully developed story. This brought two people from different walks of life together to serve the Lord. Only negative is that this should have been better proofread. Numerous grammatical errors, which always bother me when reading.

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