Strobel’s gift for characterization allows the reader to become an intimate part of the story. She takes on difficult subjects like mental illness and questioning one’s faith, and makes them accessible and understandable. This novel is a true gem.
Newlyweds Amelia and Marcus Sheffield are working to make their dreams come true. Amelia wants to be a professional pianist and Marcus longs to be a pastor at a large church. In the meantime, they work many small jobs to make ends meet. Then Marcus is offered a job as a senior pastor of a small church in Nebraska. Amelia doesn’t agree with the move, so they decide to live in separate locations while seeking God’s plan personally and as a couple. When they discover some news that changes everything, they must learn to rely on God and on their love for each other to make it through. (DAVID C. COOK, Sep., 320 pp., $14.99)