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Years of marital strife have brought Gabe and Renee Roman to the very edge---relationally and spiritually. But their greatest test lies when their truck hurtles off a treacherous Oregon road, stranding them on a mountain pass in the midst of a blizzard. Can they surrender their prideful defenses for self-sacrifice . . . and survival? 400 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1590520335
ISBN-13: 9781590520338

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Caught in a blizzard, they expected to fight for their lives. What they didn’t expect was a miracle…

Renee and Gabe Roman are on the edge—relationally 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 it’s 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 last—to God and to each other.

Can the Romans overcome their greatest obstacle—themselves—in time?

Author Bio

A full-time freelance editor and author, Karen Ball has worked in the Christian publishing industry for more than twenty years. She is the author of Reunion (a Doubleday Book Club Alternate Selection) and Wilderness. Her latest novella was published in Three Weddings and a Giggle. Karen lives in southern Oregon with her husband, Don, and their "boy," Bodhan -- a mischievous Siberian husky.

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  1. Judith Eardley
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 21, 2008
    Judith Eardley
    Maryland
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Karen Ball is an extremely gifted writer who is able to share her faith and teach Biblical truths in a way that will be non-threatening to an unbeliever, yet encourage and instruct believers. This book is based upon her own personal struggles in her marriage, although it is partially fiction, partially fact. When you read it, be sure to read the Dedication and Acknowledgments before beginning Chapter one. I wish that I had the money to give this book to every young married couple I know. Much of it could have been written about my own early years of marriage, and the things that God taught Karen, He also taught me. This book should be a "must read" for every Christian couple about to begin their lives together, or ones who are already struggling and ready to give up. If the lessons God taught Gabe and Renee are applied, I feel that God can and will turn almost every union into one of love and trust and renewed commitment. There are very few marriages that cannot be saved if the ones involved will walk in obedience to God's will and let Him do the rest. That's what this book is about.
  2. Christina
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2004
    Christina
    A Must Read... for all married people, as well as anyone who may ever get married. While the initial setting is a snowstorm in 2003, the author makes use of flashbacks to show us how Renee and Gabe Roman came to this place in their marriage. It is very honest, painful, sometimes funny... very real. This is not a book about perfect Christians... this is about people who have real flaws and pain and even get angry at God. In other words, people just like you and me.
  3. Harriet Klausner
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2003
    Harriet Klausner
    Excellent drama.Gabe and Renee Roman were driving almost blind from the blizzard wracking the Oregon Mountains because he wanted to get home to put an end to this miserable trip. Renee and even their Husky Bo are frightened with this storm that leaves visibility at zero. However, Renee is also worried that she and Gabe are finished as a couple as they can no longer communicate and when they do the receiver misinterprets the sender. As Renee ponders the future, suddenly Gabe warns her as their vehicle plunges off the mountainside. Perhaps it was the deep snow or more likely an act of God, but the three travelers survive the crash though Gabe is unconscious. Somehow they must survive the weather, their feelings towards one another, and a cougar with the most dangerous being their animosity, for to survive, they must work as a team and find their lost beliefs in God because they will need a miracle. Inspirational romantic suspense readers will appreciate this delightful cliffhanger. Flashbacks provide depth to the lead couple, but also slows down the action caused by the current peril. The re-finding of God is brilliantly incorporated into the plot in a no atheist in the foxhole manner yet Karen Ball makes the growing hope and belief seem genuine, as readers will believe in miracles. Fans will reassess what is truly their personal THE BREAKING POINT while enjoying a powerful contemporary tale.
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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.

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