The Book: Still Life by Christa Parrish
The Blurb: A tragic plane crash. One woman who lost her husband. Another who gave up her seat for him. Ada spent her first twenty-five years with her family as part of a fringe religious sect. Her only contact with the outside world was through customers at their farm store. Then she met Julian, a photojournalist who’d come to document their lifestyle. They eloped mere days later and Ada was thrust into a completely new life as a wife, city-dweller, and an individual allowed to make her own decisions. But she has no idea who she is. On her twenty-sixth birthday, Julian plans to fly home from an assignment to give her first-ever birthday present. He’s thrilled when Katherine Cramer gives up her seat so he can make the flight. But the plane crashes and everyone on board is killed, including Julian. Ada is completely at a loss, with no friends and no marketable skills. When Julian’s last photographs are published, her life erupts into chaos. She begins travelling-with Julian’s camera for a companion-searching for answers to who she is and what she really wants. Meanwhile, Katherine must live with the knowledge of why she gave up her seat-to extend her affair one more night. She recognizes her survival as a second chance to save her marriage. But is it too late? When Ada’s and Katherine’s paths cross, they discover that there’s still life ahead for both of them.
The Babble: Oh I loved, loved, loved this book! I finished it seconds ago and I’m still covered in goose bumps and tears. In Julian and Ada’s story Christa Parrish has put into words all the anxiety, absurdity and joy that comes from being led by God and in Katherine and Ethan’s story she’s described the skepticism, despair and grace that comes from being renewed by God. I want to see Julian’s photos. I want to follow Ada as she grows and heals in Christ. I want to fall onto Jesus with Katherine and Will (I have faith!) and grow with Ethan has he becomes the man God intends him to be. Christa Parrish is going on my top ten list!
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