Jumping in Sunset  -     By: Dawn Ringling
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Jumping in Sunset

Multnomah Books / 2003 / Paperback

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"Pam, I'm leaving you." Just like that---on the evening of his 46th birthday---Pam's "perfect" churchgoing husband, Paul, walks out of her life. The next day, she finds he's filed divorce papers and bought a house with a woman from their congregation. After a betrayal like this, can Pam ever trust God---or people---again? 406 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1590522273
ISBN-13: 9781590522271
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 11/20/14.

Publisher's Description

Divorce is not just a fact in Christian circles, it's a common occurrence. Yet most Christian fiction dealing with marital struggles insists that reconciliation is always possible. Jumping in Sunset shows how God's abundant love works through situations where the neat, accepted answers don't. Meet Pamela Thornton, who has a comfortable faith, a twenty-year marriage, and a solid relationship with her college-bound daughter - when her husband announces he's leaving her to marry another woman. Slowly, Pamela learns to understand and experience God within the impossible truth that her marriage has come to an end.

Author Bio

Dawn Ringling graduated from Biola University in 1985 with a degree in communications/creative writing. She was born a writer, in fact, she barely knew her ABCs when she scribbled her first stories and poems on the back of church bulletins, grocery lists, grocery lists, and any other scratch paper she could find!
Until 1990, she was manager of publications for Biola, where she helped to develop a fledging advertising department into an award-winning producer of college promotional and alumni materials. A mother of three and full-time writer, Dawn lives in Minnesota where, in her free time, she and her family spend summers at their lake cabin and winters skiing and skating and truly embracing the beauty of the Midwest.

Library Journal

Pamela Thornton noticed that Paul, her husband of 20 years, was not acting like himself at his birthday dinner, but nothing prepared her for his news on the drive home-the church leader and devoted family man is leaving her for another woman and never coming back. In this frank and honest debut novel, Ringling not only details Pamela's painstaking recovery but also brings the reader into the mind and life of Dana Taylor, the "other woman." Both Pam and Dana have to confront their mistakes and find forgiveness and healing. No fairy-tale endings here, but this is essential reading for women in similar circumstances. Highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Readers of evangelical Christian fiction should welcome this novel for its acknowledgment that sometimes marriages between two believers fail, and resolution isn't possible. Pamela Thornton and her husband, Paul, are everyone's ideal Christian couple: successful, outwardly moral and almost finished raising their only child, Angie. Then Paul drops a bombshell-he's leaving Pamela to marry Dana, a woman he volunteers with at church. Paul wallows in self-justification as he convinces himself he was naive and hurried when he met Pamela and has finally found the one woman he was meant to love. As Paul sees it, "Wasn't the smoothness of this transition out of his marriage a sign... that God smiled upon his and Dana's love?" Pamela's story is believable and poignant, as Ringling chronicles her depression, denial, anger and pain. Readers will cheer as Pamela finds hard-won independence and self-esteem through her photography and recognizes the value of her northern Minnesota roots. Although Angie's narratives are a necessary component of the novel, they are unfortunately told through CBA fiction's well-worn device of italicized journal entries, which lessen their impact. There are a few other missteps-Pamela finds support in her best friend, Starla, who speaks in an unconvincing vernacular ("Ya have no work"), and there is an unnecessary subplot involving Paul's childhood. However, the characters are multifaceted, and their emotions, even when disturbing, are believable. This novel deserves a place in CBA bookstores for its genuine portrayal of imperfect Christian people. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Dawn Ringling
Located in: Minneapolis, MN
Submitted: August 17, 2003

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a mother of three children (and a dog and two cats at the moment) and live in Minnesota.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Years ago when my parents marriage (and secretly my own) was breaking up, I needed an outlet for my pain-- as well as a way to share my experiences more publically with people who have struggled with broken marriages, abuse, and sexual sin. It seemed everyone I talked to had gone through divorce, or knew some other Christian who had. And yet, I could find very few Christian authors who were writing about it. The books who focused on struggling marriages almost always had a "happy ending." In my parents' marriage, in my own, and in the lives of countless others, reconciliation was not going to happen. But that doesn't mean God wants us to curl up and be miserable for the rest of life. I wrote "Jumping In Sunset" to answer the need that exists for Christ-centered fiction that deals with failed marriage.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Christian fiction has always been one of my favorite choices, but when my own life was falling apart, I found much of it to be too trite to be "inspirational." However, there are a few who have inspired me to enter the realm of Christian publishing myself-- so I can write the type of real-life based books I know others crave. Francine Rivers, Angela Hunt, Karen Kingsbury, and Nancy Rue are among those who hit the nail on the head.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  In my life I've made good, as well as plenty of bad choices-- and have paid my share of consequences for the things I've done. Perfection is unattainable and yet God's greatest desire is to forgive and to enable us to walk forward in obedience and joy. My prayer is that God will use my fiction-- which centers on forgiveness-- to touch my readers with the amazing truths of grace.

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