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|Title: Talking to the Dead|
By: Bonnie Grove
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: David C Cook
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound
Stock No: WW766410
Twentysomething Kate Davis can't seem to get this grieving-widow thing right. She's supposed to put on a brave face and get on with her life, right? Instead she's camped out on her living room floor, unwashed, unkempt, and unable to sleep-because her husband Kevin keeps talking to her.
Is she losing her mind?
Kate's attempts to find the source of the voice she hears are both humorous and humiliating, as she turns first to an "eclectically spiritual" counselor, then a shrink with a bad toupee, a mean-spirited exorcist, and finally group therapy. There she meets Jack, the warmhearted, unconventional pastor of a ramshackle church, and at last the voice subsides. But when she stumbles upon a secret Kevin was keeping, Kate's fragile hold on the present threatens to implode under the weight of the past . . . and Kevin begins to shout.
Will the voice ever stop? Kate must confront her grief to find the grace to go on, in this tender, quirky story about second chances.
Bonnie Grove developed and wrote social programs for families at risk before landing her first publishing deal for Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You. Talking to the Dead is her first novel. Grove and her pastor husband, Steve, have two children; they live in Saskatchewan.
Author: Bonnie Grove
Located in: Canada
Submitted: February 11, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. My background is counseling, psychology and theology. Before turning to full time writing I developed programs for families at risk. I'm Canadian, happily married to my soul mate, Pastor Steve and Mom to two young kids
What was your motivation behind this project? There are two things that fascinate me: the human experience, and God's grace. I'm endlessly interested in stories of God's interaction with disordered humanity. All of my writing, non-fiction, short story and novels are - on some level the expression of my interest in His grace. It's summed up in my tag line: "Life is messy. God is love"
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? That the God of heaven and earth, Creator of all, vast Master of Universes unknown loves you. Deeply. Personally. And He's right there with you now - in the immediate.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Talking to the Dead changed everything for me. It changed my mind about who God really is. He is much bigger than I understood. While writing, I was allowed glimpses of grace and was stunned to see how much of my stilted theology was just wrong. Working on this book inspired me to love more deeply, take more good risks, and to reach out more often - both to help, and to ask for help.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Francine Rivers brought me back to Christian fiction and I'll never be able to thank her enough. Her characters have inspire not just my writing, but my life. And by returning, I've found barrels of joy in reading stories of life and hope in Christ by talented writers. I also love the plain speaking poets of today like Garrison Kellior and Stuart McLean. However, my list of new favorites grows daily as there are so many amazing voices to enjoy.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm a write who is always a little bit in love with readers. I think about readers all the time. I fuss over them in my mind, wanting the best for them. It is very meaningful for me to hear from you.
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