WOW, I just had to set everything else aside to finish this book; it had such a hold on me! Even though it's fiction, I felt like I learned so much about God's grace, love, and forgiveness while delving through the character's situations. Although I have not been tempted to ever have an affair, I know it happens to Christians, and the authors have courageously tackled this subject and walked us through the healing that can take place w/ God's help. This book taught me about forgiveness & healing(although I never felt "preached at"), and I know I will be mulling it over for days.
Did you say Series??? OH YEAH. . . I'm hooked. This would be great material for a Christian Book Club or to read with a friend as it has lots of room for dialogue and self examination on many levels. The layers of this story are multifaceted, emotionally gripping and thought provoking. I felt enmeshed with the characters and can't wait for more of Sullivan Crisp. His quirkiness grew on me and oddly set me at ease. Although the bizarre way the book ended jolted me unwillingly back to the realization that this was only a fiction, I still offer my thanks to Steve Arterburn and Nancy Rue. Thank you for pushing the envelope in the Christian world by bringing us a novel that reminds us that issues and people like these are not altogether uncommon in the Christian church.
This book is just amazing. The story line pulls you in and it gives you the feeling that you are there. The characters are absolutely believable and I related to them as I read. I recommended this book to friends and they all thoroughly enjoyed it just as I did. The characters relationship to each other and to God is truth in a way that I believe anyone can understanb. Bravo Steve and Nancy.
This is one of the very best books I have ever read, and I read about 5 books each WEEK. It really touched me. It is a MUST read for EVERY Christian who has ever needed to feel forgiven, for every Christian Professional who has his/hers own issues they are dealing with, for every Christian that has been dealt a severe blow....basically for everyone. I cannot get over the magnitude of this book.
I'd never heard of this book before it landed in my mailbox, but I've loved every book I've read that was written by Nancy Rue because she usually writes pretty edgy stuff. I started reading this novel for the blog tour and I was not disappointed. I literally couldn't put it down. It captivated me from the first page! I stayed up late at night reading it and took it with me to read every chance I got. The characters were rich and the emotions were real. The story within the story, about the therapist Dr. Sullivan Crisp, was impressively heartbreaking and emotionally moving. I was totally caught up in the emotion and the trauma in the characters' lives. I cried several times. And the ending was so powerful it left me speechless.The authors did a fantastic job at torturing their characters, but better than that, they did an incredible job of showing you the healing that took place in their lives. That is not easy to do, not like creating the pain is, anyway. You--the reader--see the benefits of not running from the pain and of learning to understand yourself and your own heart so you can truly be vulnerable and love others. Forgiveness is a strong theme in this book. So is spiritual pharisee-ism and judgmental attitudes and the pain they cause. I gained so much insight into my own life through the spiritual struggles of the characters that I can't recommend this novel highly enough. I loved it!