Monday, October 13, 2008

Book Review


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Home Another Way

Bethany House (October 1, 2008)

by

Christa Parrish



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.

A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her family in upstate New York, where she is at work on her second novel.



ABOUT THE BOOK

After her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.

In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast–and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father’s will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?

A story of grace, of God’s never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.

If you would like to see a video book trailer of Home Another Way, go HERE.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Home Another Way, go HERE

My Thoughts:
It's been a long time since I wanted to grab a highlighter and dog ear every page. This book had so much to say to me that I wanted to mark all the passages and come back to them later so I could re-feel them. I loved this novel because it made me FEEL. It was realistic and life like. I love that in a book. One part in particular jumped out at me and of course I applied it to my own life. There was a verse from John 9:1-3
Of course I related that verse to my own life with Oliver. I've had to defend him/myself time and time again to people saying that it's okay for him to be going deaf when people persist and say that certainly there must be another way. He should not be this way. I always responded with "He was born with it. How can he help that?"
Now am equipped with "Perhaps God is showing us something else (which I fully believe!). This book was more than just words for me, it was a tool box. Plus it doesn't end the way I thought! That made me love it even more.

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