ABOUT THE BOOK: Ashling Campbell is running in place--twenty-three years old but already feeling as if her life is slipping away. She's running from unhappy high school memories, from the dead end job that drains her of everything, from the disapproving father who never dares to show her any care... In the emptiness of her self-imposed exile, she finds herself thrust into a soul-wrenching passage of months that pushes her to a place of desperation-and decision. In her darkest hour, she unwittingly turns to a difficult, elderly woman for help, little realizing that she is partnered with an ally who cares enough to challenge her to change. And so, against her own better judgment, Ashling gradually learns the hardest, most wonderful lesson of her life: that only by losing everything can she ever gain the one thing she has always wanted the most... ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Appenzellar started writing at age eight, then took an unexpected thirty-year detour into music and songwriting. Unable to ignore the desire to create fictional characters that embodied the life struggles he had experienced in himself and observed in others, he returned to his artistic first love with a determination to write from the heart about flawed, human, searching people. Realizing that a walk with Christ can only be relevant to others if it truly addresses life's greatest challenges, he seeks to infuse into his writing a practical demonstration of God's love at work in the midst of weakness.