What She Left for Me - eBook  -     By: Tracie Peterson
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Bethany House / 2005 / ePub

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Jana discovers that her pastor husband has run off with his secretary-and the family bank account. Penniless and pregnant, Jana turns to her mother, who is haunted by her own guilt. Then an eccentric aunt complicates the situation. But perhaps she can connect the two women-not only with each other, but with God.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 9781441203366
ISBN-13: 9781441203366

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When Jana returns from a missions trip, she discovers that her pastor husband has left with his secretary...along with their bank account. Humiliated, penniless, pregnant, and very much alone, Jana reluctantly turns to her mother, Eleanor, in desperation. Eleanor is haunted by her own guilt and pain, and the arrival of her daughter only serves as a daily reminder of the memories she has long kept hidden away. Will a delightfully eccentric aunt become a catalyst between these two women? Will they allow God's spirit--and God's people--to bring true healing...and a future filled with love?

Author Bio

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 60 historical and contemporary novels, including the bestselling Westward Chronicles and Heirs of Montana series. She and her family make their home in Montana.


In Tracie Peterson's new novel, What She Left For Me, the protagonist, Jana encounters some challenging hurdles to overcome. Upon her return home from a missions trip, Jana finds that her pastor husband has run off with his secretary, leaving her pregnant, homeless, and husbandless. Peterson's readers take Jana's painful journey with her one step at a time, confronting abandonment, betrayal, childhood molestation, rape, emotional estrangement, and doubt in God.

What She Left For Me includes many detailed and well thought-out conversations among the main characters. Peterson's grasp of each character's thoughts and inner feelings makes the story particularly intriguing, and gives the reader an easy way to relate to each character. The dialogues included in this book are especially realistic.

Lacking resources to support herself and her expected child, Jana is forced to accept the charity of her warm-hearted Aunt Taffy and her emotionally distant mother. Over the course of the story, it becomes clear that Jana's real battle is with herself and her faith. Will she choose to blame God and doubt Him because of her current life circumstances, or revive her faith and trust God once again? By taking another look at the past, Jana prepares herself for the future.

Afraid of repeated abandonment, and constantly on her guard, Jana wants to have trust in God and the people she loves, but remembers the hurts of her recent and distant past. Her Aunt Taffy attempts to arrange a reconciliation between Jana and her mother; she also gently nudges Jana toward a renewal of her faith in God. Jana's mother, who seems cold-hearted and even cruel at the beginning of the story, soon reveals the true reasons for her behavior and treatment of Jana. This newfound understanding paves the way for a bond between mother and daughter.

Unlike many stories of crises in faith, What She Left For Me doesn't pretend life is perfect, or act like those who have temporary lapses of faith and trust in God are abnormal. Peterson's story can be an example of how God uses other people to work on someone's heart after it has been damaged by life events. Anyone recovering from a traumatic experience, and having trouble in his or her relationship with the Lord because of it would enjoy this book. I recommend letting Jana come along on your journey from hurting to healing. -- Meg Tepfer, Christian Book Previews.com

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    I absolutely loved this book! It taught me so much more than I thought I knew. Each character had their own heart aches and pasts that had ties to each other. This book is a very mature book and I wouldn't recommend it to someone who was any younger than 15 yrs old. It speaks about molestation, rape, and drugs but it also speaks about the healing power of Christ Jesus our Savior. In Him we find comfort! Please read this book! It's worth it and you'll never regret it! Blessings!
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