Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish

Christa Parrish novels are rich with emotion and filled with broken people searching for healing...just like us. She gives voice to the hidden things we keep buried in our souls, and her stories seep deep into the marrow of our souls, changing us from the inside out as we soak in the story.

"Watch Over Me" brings Deputy Benjamin Patil together with an abandoned infant, left in a plastic bag and vulnerable to the elements. A seeming accidental occurrence leads him to discover the baby girl, rescuing her and ultimately himself through the following events.

His wife, Abbi, agrees to foster care for the newborn, and we watch as she struggles to find herself as a mother, and as a woman of worth. Abbi's struggles with control and body image were all too familiar to me, but they brought me healing as I watched her wrestle and surrender to God.

As Ben and Abbi dance around the issues that plague their troubled marriage, other unique characters enter the dance floor: Matthew, deaf and battling a life-threatening kidney dysfunction; Ellie, a brilliant young woman courageous enough to give her heart to a boy who is different.

And Lauren...one who knows great loss and who has come to know the One who also knows her pain of loss. This story is rich in characterization and deep in lessons worked out in fear and trembling.

Keep tissues handy...I challenge you to make it to the end without one teardrop falling! Be prepared to be challenged and changed by the close of this book. I'm giving "Watch Over Me" five out of five bookmarks, with a cloth diaper as a charm.

You won't be able to look at anyone you encounter the same way after meeting Ben, Abbie and Matthew. And that's a good thing.

Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Wow, this one sounds fantastic, Deena!