Can I Get an Amen?
Jun 19, 2012
Author: Sarah Healy
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (June 5, 2012)
Growing up, Ellen Carlisle was a Christian: she went to Jesus camp, downed stale Nilla wafers at Sunday school, and never, ever played with Ouija boards. Now, years later, when infertility prevents her from giving her ambitious attorney husband a family, she finds herself on the brink of divorce, unemployed, and living with her right-wing, Born Again Christian parents in her suburban New Jersey hometown. There the schools are private, the past is public, and blessings come in lump sums.
Then Ellen meets a man to whom she believes she can open her heart, and she begins to think that maybe it’s true what they say, that everything happens for a reason… Until all that was going well starts going very badly, and Ellen is finally forced to dig down deep to find her own brand of faith.
When I went to open the book and read the beginning pages, I anticipated a very polite, tame, perhaps even prissy style of writing. Well, my mouth fell open by the last paragraph of Page 5!
The subjects are serious, the pain and the search for faith and love real, but so is the language. It was quite refreshing to read a story that stayed "real" and didn't have characters in it that just don't quite exist in real life. These are real people with real issues, who struggle to stay on the path they believe in, but at the same time remain believable themselves.
I would say this is definitely a faith based book, but even if that's not your thing, it still might grab your interest.
On a last note, I love the cover art!
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