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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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
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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