Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CFBA - Watch Over Me

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Watch Over Me

(Bethany House October 1, 2009)


Christa Parrish

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 husband, author Chris Coppernoll, and son in upstate New York, where she is at work on her third novel.

Her Rescue Might Be the Miracle They Needed
Things like this don't happen in Beck County. Deputy Benjamin Patil is the one to find the infant girl, hours old, abandoned in a field. As police work to identify the mother, Ben and his wife, Abbi, seem like the obvious couple to serve as foster parents. But the newborn's arrival opens old wounds for Abbi and shines a harsh light on how much Ben has changed since a devastating military tour. Their marriage teeters on the brink and now they must choose to reclaim what they once had or lose each other forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Watch Over Me, go HERE

Benjamin, a husband dealing with tormented by the memory of his time in Afghanistan and survivor's guilt. Abbi, a wife who hates war, struggles with an eating disorder, and avoids vulnerability while at the same time desperately wishing someone would see the train wreck of their life and marriage and offer help. Matthew, a deaf teenage boy, abandoned by his mother, juggling school and too many adult responsibilities heaped on him by his aunt, all while dealing with dialysis and the prospect of a kidney transplant for a potentially fatal disease. And Silvia, the baby girl found abandoned in a field shortly after her birth. The portrayal of these broken, worn-down and weary individuals is haunting and, to be honest, painful to read. But the importance of choosing to follow God and the hope that begins to surface as a result is a message that is well-illustrated in this multi-layered novel.


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quilly said...

I don't know why since I am loved and secure, but right now I am not feeling strong enough to wade through fictional pain. I am in need of happy, or a total break from reality. It might be because of our day-to-day life stresses. We are so looking forward to returning to a less intense and angst-ridden community.

Things are so tense for Amoeba at work that a simple "good-morning" can be construed as a challenge, and of course he brings that stress home.