Whitson eloquently captures the devastating effects the death of a child has on a family. While the story drags in places, the overall message and the characters' spiritual journey is touching and realistic.

Mark and Pam Nolan's long marriage is faltering, and the only thing keeping it together is their son, Jacob. Jacob has a list of extreme sports challenges he wants to complete before graduating from college, and he's working on that when tragedy strikes.

Without the faith that kept their son going, Mark and Pam falter in many ways, but especially in their relationship with each other. Can they rediscover the good in one another? Will they let God provide the comfort they desperately need? (BETHANY HOUSE, Aug., 304 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel