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Image of In Everything Give Thanks


Image of In Everything Give Thanks

Barnes' debut, an Operation First Novel winner, is deeply moving. The first-person narration grabs the reader from the beginning and makes her part of the story. Matt is an easy character to identify with, since most people have asked God "Why?" sometime in their lives. Spiritual insights remind us to embrace the beauty of God's grace and forgiveness.

Matt Collins loves to run, and he longs to be as cool as his best friend. But after his father is killed by a drunken driver, 15-year-old Matt's world is changed forever. Even though he was raised in a strong Baptist home, Matt begins to question God.

When Matt thinks things can't get any worse, Wade -- a handicapped youth who believes he's destined to preach -- moves in next door. Despite his circumstances, Wade is thankful and knows that God is good. Can Wade help Matt trust in God again? (TYNDALE, Jul., 350 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee