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Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2002
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Renee and Gabe Roman are on the edgerelationally and spiritually. Both believe they are followers of Christ who know God. So why is their marriage so difficult? After years of struggle, they wonder if its all been for nothing.
Then, on an anniversary trip to a remote resort, their truck hurtles down the side of a mountain. Suddenly, they find themselves at the mercy of the rugged Oregon wilderness, forced to fight for survival by relying on each other. But both must surrender their last defenses if they are to come home at lastto God and to each other.
Can the Romans overcome their greatest obstaclethemselvesin time?
Author: Karen Ball
Located in: Oregon
Submitted: July 20, 2003
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a lover of wonder, words, fellowship, and laughter. I find my greatest joys in God, family, friends, books, animals, and nature. And I'm a firm believer in being transparent. The only way we can make it through this life is to be honest about our struggles and weaknesses, to seek solid, godly counsel and make ourselves accountable to others. And I truly believe those who laugh the most and find the greatest humor in life are often those who have suffered deeply.
What was your motivation behind this project? Obedience. It's the one story God's been nudging me to write for a long time. And many of my writing friends, including Francine Rivers, Angela Hunt, and Liz Curtis Higgs, have been urging me to tell it as well. When I realized how many marriages--even Christian marriages-- were in serious trouble, I knew the time had come to stop avoiding the pain and do what God was calling me to. He wanted me to testify to what He'd done in Don's and my marriage, to show that even when things seem impossible, He's sufficient if you'll just surrender to HIS will.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they'll see that God really can bring beauty out of the ashes of our lives, that He can take our brokenness and make something truly glorious out of it. My prayer is that the story may help others who struggle in their relationships, that it will direct them to God's ways and purposes for marriage--that some of the myths about marriage will be dispelled and folks will come to realize that no one can "make" us happy. Our truest joy and peace come from keeping our focus on God, not each other. But the wonderful thing is, when we finally focus on God, He brings us more joy, love, and deep happiness than we ever imagined. Marriage isn't easy, not by a long shot, but when it's done God's way, it's definitely worth whatever it takes to endure.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The greatest influence in my life has been my parents, Fred and Paula Sapp. My dad's been a pastor/shepherd of the same wonderful church for 44 years, and he and Mom always lived the faith they taught and professed. Our home was filled wtih laughter, faith, and love. I used to think all homes were like that. I now know my childhood was God's gift to me to prepare me for what I would face as an adult. My parents and our church family gave me a solid foundation of faith and trust in God--and it's that foundation that wouldn't let me walk away from what was right. As for authors, I've found great inspiration through the works of C.S. Lewis, Francine Rivers, Gary Thomas, Madeline L'Engle, and many others.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: THE BREAKING POINT was the hardest book I've ever written, but it's also the book that's brought me the greatest blessings. That God can take our darkest moments and turn them into something that shines is ever and always a miracle to me. He's proven Himself faithful, over and over, and I'm just grateful He allowed me to use the lessons from our marriage to touch others.