The Past Is Back
Ellen Joness hands are full after she begrudgingly brings her aging father to Seaport. Lawrences memory is failingthough he cant seem to forget what hes been holding against Ellen for the past forty years. But when hes diagnosed with Alzheimers, Ellen realizes she never released her resentment and its too late for reconciliation. Then suddenlyliterally overnighther son, Owen, comes face-to-face with the consequences of his wilder days gone by. No one is prepared for the changes he, and the entire family, will have to make as a result. The past weighing heavily in the present, a clean start is out of the question for both Ellen and Owen. How can God heal their deepest wounds? Enter the least expected person of the bunch… Can secrets kill?
Ellen Jones gets a disturbing call from her elderly fathers neighbor and must face the fact that her father, Lawrence, is no longer safe living alone. Ellen resents that he forgets the simplest of details and yet remembers the one thing hes held against her for the past forty years. Her being his caregiver is out of the question.
Ellen and her husband Guy pair up their fathers to share an apartment in a nearby retirement community. The setup seems ideal until Lawrence wanders off...right past the scene of a murder. Did he see something? He cant quite remember... but the killer doesnt know that!
Just when Lawrence is diagnosed with Alzheimers and Ellen realizes theres no chance theyll ever be reconciled, a shocking secret surfaces from her son Owens past that drops her to her knees. Ellen is desperate for a miracle. Will God intervene and erase the consequences of past mistakesor does He have an even better plan?
Story Behind the Book
"I was twenty-seven when I gave my heart to Jesus. And twenty-nine years later, Im still realizing the long-term consequences of some of the choices I made during the years I was enslaved to sin. The words of Galatians 6:7, "Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows," are as true today as when the apostle Paul wrote them. In the writing of All Things Hidden, my goal was to create unforgettable characters caught in the throes of overwhelming consequences, and enable us to watch the response of a merciful God not to remove their struggle, but to walk with them through the pain and redeem it for His glory."