Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Healing Stones by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn

Every now and then I get to read a book that simply comes across my path. This one caught my attention when someone quoted its first line in an e-loop. Check this out:

I sneaked down to the boat that night to say this couldn't happen anymore.

See? Riveting. Just like the rest of the novel. Layers so profound and well-scribed you'll wonder how you'll wait for book two in the Sullivan Crisp series. (Healing Waters is due out December 9, 2008, by Thomas Nelson.)

But you'll also savor the prose and tear up at the dilemmas these very real characters trudge through. Phenomenal. For so many reasons. Relatable. Beautiful. A true keeper.

Here's the back cover copy:

With one flash of a camera, Demi's private life becomes public news. She doesn't know it yet, but her healing has just begun.

Christian college professor Demitria Costanas had vowed to end her affair with a colleague. But she gives into temptation one last time...and a lurking photographer captures her weakness for all to see. Quite literally, she's the woman caught in adultery. And almost everyone--herself included--has a stone to throw.

Enter Sullivan Crisp, a decidedly unorthodox psychologist with his own baggage. He's well-known for his quirky sense of humor and incorporation of "game show" theology into his counseling sessions. And yet there's something more he offers...hope for a fresh start.

Reluctantly the two of them begin an uplifting, uneven journey filled with healing and grace. By turns funny and touching, this story explores the ways humans hurt each other and deceive themselves. And it shows the endlessly creative means God uses to turn stones of accusation and shame into works of beauty that lead us onto the path of healing.

An auspicious debut for a candid yet tender series about pain, healing, and God's invitation for second chances.

The ministerial value of this story is what sets it apart. It's life-changing. And that's what good fiction should be. I highly recommend this novel.

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