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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Book Review: "A Test of Faith" by Karen Ball

Karen, you did it again. When I read your Breaking Point, I felt sure you spoke from experience before I ever got to the end of the book—and you confirmed it at the back of the book. Since reading Breaking Point, I’ve come to know you a little, thanks to the Write to Inspire conference in Elk Grove, California.

So again I could hear your voice—perhaps with even more clarity—in A Test of Faith, especially when approaching The End. I knew from things you said at the conference you did experience the heartaches of your mother dying after an operation that should have improved her life.

I remember you said that your editor approached you to write a book about a daughter experiencing her mother’s death. I can relate to the heart-wrenching separation from my mother, even though she had made the commitment to Christ years earlier and I knew she went to join our wonderful Lord's open arms.

Perhaps the strongest part of A Test of Faith, though, might have been Part I, at least for me. I ached for the teenager, Faith, who ran from all who loved her into the arms of disaster. I wept with her parents, Anne and Jered, when Anne felt she drove Faith away.

Now that I’ve given way too much of the book away, I really hope you folks will still read it. Anyone who struggled with the parent/child relationship and felt like a total parent failure, boy will you relate. Anyone who was a rebellious child—or maybe you still are—you will understand as you never understood before.

And be helped as maybe you never were before.

It’s worth every penny.

Including the postage…

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