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The Familiar Stranger
Moody Publishers / 2009 / Paperback
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Craig Littleton has decided to end his marriage with his wife, Denise. But an accident lands him in the ICU with fuzzy memories. As Denise helps him remember who he is, she uncovers some dark secrets. Will this trauma create a fresh start? Or has his deceit destroyed the life they built together? 320 pages, softcover from Moody.
Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise... if she only knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.
They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, they discover dark secrets: An affair? An emptied bank account? A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?
But what will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?
Mother and foster parent CHRISTINA BERRY carves time to write from her busy schedule because she must tell the stories that haunt her every waking moment. (Such is the overly dramatic description of an author's life!) She holds a BA in Literature, yet loves a good Calculus problem, as well. Sign up for her infrequent, humorous newsletter at www.authorchristinaberry.blogspot.com.
Author: Christina Berry
Located in: Gaston, OR
Submitted: December 28, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. A few fun little facts about me: I was the team captain and second answerer in the speed round for our family on Family Feud in 2000 and we won! I grew up in Nigeria, West Africa, while my parents were Southern Baptist missionaries. I remember being awed at the selection of toilet paper in the grocery store when we returned to the States. I would love to have a de-scented skunk as a pet purely for conversational value.
What was your motivation behind this project? Though the plot of The Familiar Stranger came from news stories, Id been looking for a fictional vehicle to express the lessons Id learned regarding forgiveness in my own marriage. I knew no one was interested in reading my particular story, but I still felt God had given me something to say.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The recent changes in my lifelosing my marriage, facing finding a real job, selling my homehave done nothing but solidify what I hope to be the theme of the book and my life: Live TransparentlyForgive Extravagantly. If reading The Familiar Stranger makes even one man or woman be more honest with his or her spouse or delve into trust issues in a healthy way, Ill consider it a success. Maybe theres a hurting heart that can find a new path to forgiveness because of the story.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Denise and Craigs story is based on the lessons of forgiveness God taught me when my marriage fell apart the first time. Accordingly, many of the emotions Denise goes through correspond to what I felt, though our situations differ. However, I also wanted to really understand the male perspective, so Craig had parts of me in him as well. The path away from God and following temptation is something we can all recognize and, unfortunately, identify with. During the editing process and years after my husband and I reunited, our marriage of thirteen years unexpectedly ended. The words I had written as a happily married woman ministered to me in my singleness.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Most of my favorite authors have voices I never dream to come close to: Nancy E. Turner, Jane Kirkpatrick, Leif Enger, Francine Rivers, or Randy Alcorn, to name a few. The writers that really influence my stories are ones that examine the real grittiness of life like Roxanne Henke, Bette Nordberg, and James Scott Bell.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I see writing as one of the tools God uses to form me into His imagea tool to teach me patience, self-control, determination, reliance on Him, and other life lessons. I also see writing as a gift that brings me hope, fulfillment, and purpose when the rest of life is not so nice. The journey has sharpened me, yet also softened me. I pray that each of you will use your talents to bring Him glory!
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