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Publication Date: 2009
A friend from twenty years past asks David to attend a weekend at an old castle-like house with some other friends to share their lives and feelings. David reluctantly attends and learns more that he expects. The friends are from a youth group at St. Marks Church, and they each bring their own emotional baggage. In fact, one of them, Andrew, leaves on Saturday morning, having felt insulted by an attendee named Mike the evening before. Then David learns that Jenny had been in love with him as a teenager, while Peter admits to David that he is a celibate homosexual. Angela discloses hatred for her ex-husband for leaving her, and Mike says that he doesnt have the Christian faith shared by the others.
Although there is no direct biblical quote, references to Christ are running aspects of the book. A major theme is the philosophy that we must follow Jesus just as we are, not in ways that others may want us to be. At the end of the novel is a stunning letter written by Davids wife Jessica, right before her death, which is a perfect finale for this story. Beautifully written, with generous analogies and metaphors, this book is recommended for the Christian reader, men and women alike. Anita Sue Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com